'My Friend Dahmer' [Blu-ray]
(Anne Heche, Vincent Kartheiser, Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Dallas Roberts, et al / Blu ray / R / 2018 / Film Rise)
Overview: Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured and incarcerated. He would become one of America's most infamous serial killers. This is the story before that story.
Blu-ray Verdict: The Midwest is incubating a monster, and he's in every club photo. A slouched posture and taboo interests define the young Dahmer.
Roadkill is his closest companion, and acids are his most trusted tools. A hunger for dark meat and classmate laughs, he stages spasms to build his brand.
John has watched Dahmer with a talent scout's eye, and he sees great potential. founding the Jeff Dahmer Fan Club, John perpetuates Dahmer's lewd antics. John aspires to illustrate comics one day, and chooses Dahmer as his flagship endeavor, utilizing the awkward gold that the future killer exudes.
Fishing twists into sinister explorations when Jeff reels a creature in, and animal traps feed a vacuous curiosity for the misplaced biologist. With a mother clawing into the household's fabric, and a lame duck father, Jeff loves both far too much and crumbles under the failings of his bearers.
A hunter in training without a trainer, Jeff is sloppy and overt. He spooks his first victims and broadcasts his desires in horn-rimmed eyes. Alcohol becomes the tether to reality, enabling him to traverse even the murkiest social waters. Jeff has no mentor for the science he wishes to pursue.
Meyers fails to unearth the psychology of criminal innovation. Relying heavily on pre-established lore and fanfare, nothing appears on the screen that shocks or entices further study. The cookie cutter high school friend plot might be factual, but it makes for an uninteresting lens on a rather interesting individual.
No motive rises to the surface, and no transformation commands the trajectory of Dahmer's descent into homoerotic blood bathing.
That said, the aftermath facts remain now part of our sordid American history: Jeffrey Dahmer committed his first murder three weeks after graduating high school. As a teen, he coped with his parents' failing marriage with alcohol abuse and acting out at school, and developed a fascination with death.
He went on to kill sixteen people, preying mostly on young gay men in Milwaukee. He dismembered and ate some of his victims. He was finally caught in 1991, and a fellow inmate murdered him three years later. (TFS) This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.