‘Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’ provides tragic thriller

The biographical drama shows the tragic killings by the Milwaukee serial killer.



Jeffrey Dahmer (played by Evan Peters) reads a magazine while being interrogated.

Atreyu Hinckley, Staff Writer

“Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” is the latest biographical drama by Netflix. The show is created by Ryan Murphy, who is known for being the creator of American Horror Story. The cast includes Evan Peters as Dahmer, along with the likes of Richard Jenkins and Molly Ringwald.

The premise of the show breaks down the many killings of Jeffrey Dahmer between 1978-1991 in the point of view of his victims. What we get throughout is tragic and graphic, but hard to look away. The show does a good job in a story perspective when it comes to the killings and how they transpired.

The performances from Richard Jenkins, Niecy Nash, Lionel Dahmer and Glenda Celveland, respectively, were strong. But the scene stealer goes to Evan Peters as Dahmer himself. Peters has already shown flashes of brilliance in American Horror Story, but takes his acting prowess to the next level in his performance.

While the show does well from a Hollywood perspective, you can’t help but feel mixed about it when it comes to an inadvertent exploitative perspective. While something as tragic as the Dahmer killings is provided to younger audiences who weren’t alive during the killing and teaches a lesson, some of the graphical scenes could be triggering, especially those who were affected or survived during the killings if they were to watch the show.

The other issue with the show, while Peter’s performance is magnificent, people will confuse his performance as charismatic, when it should be doing the opposite when it comes to the severity of Dahmer’s actions.

“Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” is an excellent series that breaks down the tragic events involving Dahmer. If viewers can watch the show for that while learning something from it, they should check it out. But considering how graphic the subject matter is, especially since it is based on true events, this show can certainly be triggering and certain viewers would be better off staying away.