In a classroom scene, John Backderf is wearing a T-shirt from The Bank, a legendary punk and new wave venue in Akron's famous underground music scene of the late 1970s and early 80s, and the setting of Backderf's graphic novel "Punk Rock and Trailer Parks". However, during the time line of "My Friend Dahmer", The Bank was a high end jazz club; the punkish logo seen on the T-shirt came later. See more »
Near the start of the film, someone wears a Stagecrafters shirt - which is an acting group run by the mother of the Dave Dahmer actor. See more »
Another Lonely Night
Written and Performed by Len Boone
Courtesy of Fervor Records See more »
A Coming of Age Story of a Serial Killer
A compelling character study over a tragic figure.
Too many movies focus on serial killers when they start committing murders. Not as often we see movies that help us see how they grow into monsters. It's an interesting perspective.
One can't help but feel sympathy for young Dahmer. Dahmer's parents were always fighting, adults neglected him, and he never received the help he needed. This movie does not excuse Dahmer's murders. Yet, this does paint a fuller picture of the monster in the headlines.
I enjoyed the extensive detailing and how close this movie followed reality. Even after reading the novel, I noticed how true-to-detail the movie stayed.
Setting made me feel as if I was in the 70s. Acting was superb and phenomenal. Some points I didn't even realize I was watching a movie.
I give this a 4.5/5. Story can move a bit slow but I was so interested that I read the book after. I highly recommend both as these present a window into Dahmer's tormented soul.
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