6.3/10
12,350
76 user 119 critic

My Friend Dahmer (2017)

R | | Drama | 2 March 2018 (France)
Trailer
1:47 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $4.99 on Prime Video

A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.

Director:

Marc Meyers

Writers:

Marc Meyers, John Backderf (based on the book My Friend Dahmer by) (as Derf Backderf)
Reviews
Popularity
2,663 ( 233)
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother meets Ted Bundy.

Director: Joe Berlinger
Stars: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan
Dahmer (2002)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Biopic about notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, taking place in both the past and the present.

Director: David Jacobson
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Artel Great
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A look inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

Stars: Stephen Michaud, Bob Keppel, Kathleen McChesney
Wildling (2018)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A blossoming teenager uncovers the dark secret behind her traumatic childhood.

Director: Fritz Böhm
Stars: Bel Powley, Brad Dourif, Liv Tyler
Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An experimental documentary that uses archival footage, interviews, and fictionalized scenarios to tell the story of the people around Jeffrey Dahmer, during the summer of his arrest in 1991.

Director: Chris James Thompson
Stars: Andrew Swant, Pamela Bass, Jeffrey Jentzen
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In this documentary, the murder of Deedee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsey Rose is explored, as well as the circumstances leading up to the event.

Director: Erin Lee Carr
Stars: Jim Arnott, David Blanchard, Dee Dee Blanchard
Tag I (2018)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

Director: Jeff Tomsic
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A picture-perfect family is shattered when the work of a serial killer hits too close to home. Dylan McDermott stars in this chilling portrait of all-American evil.

Director: Duncan Skiles
Stars: Dylan McDermott, Charlie Plummer, Samantha Mathis
The Ritual I (2017)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.

Director: David Bruckner
Stars: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.

Director: Richard Shepard
Stars: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber
The Snowman (2017)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

Director: Tomas Alfredson
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.

Director: Dan Reed
Stars: Michael Jackson, Wade Robson, Joy Robson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Davis Brown ... Freshman Boy (as Zac Brown)
Lily Kozub ... Freshman Girl
Ross Lynch ... Jeff Dahmer
Vincent Kartheiser ... Dr. Matthews
Alex Wolff ... John 'Derf' Backderf
Adam Kroloff Adam Kroloff ... Mr. Burlman
Anne Heche ... Joyce Dahmer
Brady M.K. Dunn Brady M.K. Dunn ... Bossy (as Brady Dunn)
Michael Ryan Boehm Michael Ryan Boehm ... Shorty (as Michael Ryan)
Dallas Roberts ... Lionel Dahmer
Liam Koeth ... Dave Dahmer
Tommy Nelson ... Neil
Harrison Holzer ... Mike
Cameron McKendry ... Moose
Jake Ingrassia Jake Ingrassia ... Gooch
Edit

Storyline

A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on the award-winning graphic novel. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

R for disturbing images, language, teen drug use, drinking and sexual content, and for brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

My Friend Dahmer See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,545, 5 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,355,664, 25 February 2018
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

My Friend Dahmer was filmed in Jeffery Dahmer's actual childhood home in Bath, Ohio. Revere High school he went to was going to be used for the movie as well, but the school rejected the offer. See more »

Goofs

When Jeff gets kicked out of a supermarket for goofing off, several modern cars pass by from outside. See more »

Quotes

Lionel Dahmer: You need to be more normal!
See more »

Connections

References Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Angel Wilderness
Written and Performed by Craig Marsden
Courtesy of Fervor Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A bold effort to portray Dahmer's pre-blood shed years
25 September 2018 | by hughrcarsonSee all my reviews

If the events chronicled in My Friend Dahmer, are in any way an accurate representation of the late teen years of Jeffrey Dahmer, then it would surely have come as no surprise whatsoever to anyone that knew him, of the awful scenes that were soon to follow.

Of course, the life and times of Jeffrey Dahmer are the stuff of infamy now and Marc Meyers' engaging film is therefore bold in its ambition, choosing to focus the lens of inquiry not upon Dahmer's eventual macabre practices, but on his formative high school years. Before the killing had even begun.

The obvious question that this therefore raises is whether such an approach in any way offers sufficient enough material with which to keep engaged a cinema-going audience - beyond the morbidly curious, wannabe mass murderers and trainee clinical psychologists, that is.

And the answer, on balance, is a resounding...yes.

Meyers' film is a sort of dark coming-of-age drama, with an implied gruesome twist.

Painted as an awkward and dysfunctional youth with something of a lumbering gait, the teenage Jeffrey Dahmer (portrayed convincingly here by Ross Lynch), is every bit the social misfit. Wishing to 'belong', but having little idea of how to do so, he is offered something of a lifeline in this regard when a handful of his classmates become first amused, then quickly obsessed by some of Dahmer's impromptu clowning about.

Dahmer is only too happy to perform one particular 'spazz' routine - as it comes to be known - on command, much to the mirth of his new found set of 'friends', who proceed to egg him on enthusiastically to greater and greater lengths.

But with a private life spent either dissolving and dissecting roadkill or drinking heavily - even at school - it is clear that such social interaction with his peers is but a thin mask on the face of the truth. Jeffrey Dahmer is an incredibly troubled soul, and any new-found 'popularity' gained proves to be short lived. It is not long, therefore, before he resumes his role of general recluse and social leper.

Behind every twisted serial killer there is usually some form of dysfunctional background, and Dahmer's - whilst perhaps less pronounced than other multiple murdering maniacs that we may choose to mention - is one which certainly will have played some sort of role in shaping the nature of the man that he was to become.

Anne Heche is quirky in her portrayal of Dahmer's depressed, anxiety-riddled, pill-popping mother, Joyce, whilst Dallas Roberts portrays Dahmer's father, Lionel, as a man often absent from the family home, who quietly despairs of both his eldest son, and his increasingly untenable marriage to Joyce, medicating himself with alcohol, accordingly.

Collectively the couple seem to have paid very little attention to Jeffrey, instead focusing the bulk of their love and devotion upon Dahmer's younger brother, Dave (Liam Koeth), even to the extent of fighting fiercely for post-divorce custody of this younger sibling, yet effectively abandoning a by then eighteen-year-old Jeffrey altogether to live alone in the family home.

If he was feeling unloved prior to that, this therefore would surely have been the tipping point. As it pretty much proved to be.

All credit then to Marc Meyers on what proves to be a fascinating piece.

My Friend Dahmer - based upon John Backderf's book of the same name - is an important and effectively realised insight into the mind and motives of a disturbed soon-to-be serial killer.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 76 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed