Friday, September 11, 2015

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)

Director:  Chris James Thompson

Writers: Chris James Thompson, Andrew Swant, Joe Riepenhoff

Composer: Robert Mulrennan

Starring: Andrew Swant, Pamela Bass, Jeffrey Jentzen, Pat Kennedy

More info: IMDb

Tagline: How close were you to the most infamous serial killer of our time?

Plot: 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.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Sure.

Here's a different approach to telling story that has been told many, many times.  The talking heads are here but what's different is that they're fascinating stories are interspersed with docu-drama footage of Dahmer (played by co-writer Swant) going about his daily business at his various jobs and the kinds of seemingly mundane activities that he used to get what he wanted.  You often get to hear the audio of the talking heads over the video of the drama portions.  Combined with the droning and moody score, it makes for a darkly soothing tale.  I've seen several serial killer docs but I haven't seen one made like this one.  Even if you're familiar with the Dahmer story, check this one out (it's currently on Netflix streaming).  You might not learn much more than you know but it's a nice presentation that shouldn't go over-looked.

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