Sunday, November 23, 2014

Everyman: Profile of a Serial Killer (1994)

Director: Nikki Stockley

Writer: ???

Composer: Glenn Keiles

Starring: Jeffrey Dahmer, Lionel Dahmer, John Kane

More info: IMDb

Plot:  This documentary looks at the crimes of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and how his life was shaped to become one of the most notorious serial killers in history.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

What sets this apart from the many documentaries I've seen on Dahmer is how calming and relaxing it is.  Plus it also spends more time than most with learning of his childhood and upbringing.  We get interviews with his father and school mates which gives you an added level of depth that other docs don't.  What's more is there is a good deal of home movie footage of Dahmer that shows you how normal this guy seemed.  That's the real treat here.  What's more is that this focuses less on Dahmer's crimes and the grisly details and more with his family and the survivor's of the victims.  We get their stories which goes much farther than most docs on serial killers.  It's a British TV doc that's a short 39 minutes but you leave it feeling very satisfied.  And on a wild note, this documentary aired on 11/20/94, just 8 days before Dahmer was murdered in prison. 

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