Hello, My Movievaures! I hope you had a great week. I’m back with a new review on a very dark, but true story: Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Netflix’s new miniseries based on Jeffrey Dahmer’s horrible acts was released on September 21st and I was genuinely looking forward to watching it! You know how much I love a good true crime story and I wanted to check it out, especially when I saw Evan Peters as the main cast! Let’s get to the non-spoilers part before:
This American mini-bio series tells the story of Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the most notorious serial killers in the United States. He killed and dismembered 17 men between 1978 and 1991, before getting caught by the police after one of his victims managed to escape. This fictionalized account of the actual events is largely told from the points of view of his victims and the people surrounding him.
I can’t move forward without mentioning how incredibly talented Evan Peters is. I’ve already seen it portray dark characters, but damn! He truly managed to spook me out. His gaze, disturbing as hell still haunts me today, and I’m used to watching scary things. You could see how awkward and pitiful this man was, through his accurate acting. Of course, the rest of the casting is also amazing. The victims’ and family’s despair is tangible and heartbreaking, as well as unbearable.
Talking about intolerable things… I think it was quite interesting how they managed to show the racism and discrimination against homosexuals characterizing that period, which actually led to Dahmer being free for so long without getting caught, perpetuating his awful acts mainly against underaged black homosexual men. Seeing how easy it was for a white man to be unnoticed while committing crimes and how victims were forgotten by the system and their families not being taken seriously was infuriating, yet true.
In short, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer story is a well-written story not only about Dahmer’s horrific acts but also about the cracks in the American system. There is an explanation of how he became a monster, without never praising him or forcing some sort of empathy. It also shows how a monster can keep running free when his victims are just not looked after, because of the color of their skin and their sexual orientation. Well, this is all for today My Movievaures! Let me know in the comments down below, or on my Instagram (the_movievaures) your thoughts on this show. I’ll be back next week with a new article. See ya!