Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Series Review

Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Series Review: Chilling to Admit We Enjoyed This

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Humanizing a monster like Jeffrey Dahmer is a dangerous game to play. And we have to admit that "Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" did glorify and humanize Jeffrey Dahmer a little bit at too much at times. In fact, the series was at its best when it deviated from Jeffrey Dahmer and focused on the people around him. It's chilling to admit but we actually enjoyed Ryan Murphy's "Dahmer-Monster" and while it had some minor stumbles, the series just got better and better as each episode passed.

From 1978 to 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer (Evan Peters) murdered 17 young men - most of which happened in Milwaukee. Dahmer's neighbors knew that there was something odd about him as they encountered foul smells, unusual screams and sounds late at night. How can someone so reckless and devious evade authorities and escape justice for so long?   

At ten episodes long, "Dahmer-Monster" felt a little bit too long overstaying the uneasiness of having to contend with humanizing an evil and vile man. The series can be sliced into two halves. The first half was all about Jeffrey Dahmer from his troubled childhood to his first kill and his downward spiral into becoming a prolific serial killer. The second half concentrates on the people who he most impacted with his sadistic spree from his next-door neighbor, to one of his victims, and to his father. For us, the series got better as it went further away from Dahmer because it became more relatable when it had to contend with his victims. At the center of  why "Dahmer-Monster" works was Even Peters who delivers a stellar performance as the stoic yet menacing Jeffrey Dahmer but Niecy Nash as Dahmer's neighbor Glenda Cleveland stole the show in our opinion. If we could pick an episode that really surprised us, it would be episode 6 with its unusual format which you have to experience first hand to really grasp why it was the standout episode and while it wasn't the series' peak it started the snowball effect on why this show was surprisingly great. If you're game to be disturbed and shocked and more, "Dahmer-Monster" is one of the better crime dramas on Netflix right now.

Rating: 4 reels

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