The 'My Friend Dahmer' Trailer Is A Bone-Chilling Portrayal Of A Cannibalistic Killer In His Youth

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If you aren't familiar with Ross Lynch, then the magnitude of his role as notorious serial killer, Jeffery Dahmer will most definitely be lost on you. Lynch is a former Disney Channel star, up there with the likes of Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. To go from titles like Austin And Ally and Teen Beach Movie to portraying one of the most monstrous serial killers of the modern age is nothing short of acting genius.

Currently, My Friend Dahmer has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. To put that into some perspective, Titanic sits at 88% and everyone and their mother freakin' loves Titanic. The trailer is nothing short of haunting, but given the subject that's to be expected.

The film follows Jeffery Dahmer throughout his adolescent and high school years. The narrative is less about the actual crimes he committed and more about the psychopathology behind Dahmer's evil. What goes on in a child's life that causes him to not only murder people, but in some instances, boil their body parts and eat them? The official description explains further:

"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. Jeff Dahmer (Disney Channel's Ross Lynch) is an awkward teenager struggling to make it through high school with a family life in ruins. He collects roadkill, fixates on a neighborhood jogger (Vincent Kartheiser, "Mad Men"), and copes with his unstable mother (Anne Heche) and well-intentioned father (Dallas Roberts). He begins to act out at school, and his goofball antics win over a group of band-nerds who form The Dahmer Fan Club, headed by Derf Backderf (Alex Wolff, "Patriots Day"). But this camaraderie can't mask his growing depravity. Approaching graduation, Jeff spirals further out of control, inching ever closer to madness."

Pretty dark stuff, huh? This film goes far beyond the almost kitschy true crime wave that's swept the nation in the days since Making A Murderer. It's both an education and warning — considering Dahmer was one of the first notable serial killers in history, his youth has been referenced on more than one occasion as a template for what to look for in troubled, psychopathic children/teens.


My Friend Dahmer is now available on iTunes and while we agree it's definitely worth seeing, we suggest not seeing it alone.

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