The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013)
In 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. 'Jeff' explores the city of Milwaukee by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer's life, working collectively to disassemble the facade of an ordinary man leading an ordinary existence. (c) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for The Jeffrey Dahmer Files
Thompson does a commendable job of making his points without overstaying his welcome. Given a bigger budget and better resources, it would be very interesting to see his take on some other controversial cases.
This approach to a true-crime documentary departs significantly from the sensational, and is all the more moving because of it.
Thompson's intention is not to explain the nature of evil but show how it contaminates the rest of us.
Quite frankly, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files would have been better if it had a little more meat on its bones.
Pulls off the seemingly impossible feat of making this horrific crime seem dull.
Thompson's film is something really different, a film as polite and as unnerving as its subject, one that burrows down deep into your imagination and stays there.
Chilling and riveting, even if it feels as if there are many questions left unanswered.
Thompson accepts quite a burden of informational responsibility, only to generate an aimless, tedious picture that's part documentary, part re-creation, and mostly unenlightening.
Mesmerizing and haunting, "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" is an inside-out serial killer movie, lacking in gore or cheap psychology and made in part for those who think they never want to see another serial killer movie.
An art collage project that unnecessarily obscures its sizzle and raison d'Ítre when a more straightforward tack would have worked better.
Compellingly illuminates how the monsters among us leave more than corpses in their wake.
I'm not sure that director and co-writer Chris James Thompson's film sheds any new light on why Dahmer committed his crimes, but I'm also not sure that anything is gained by trying to look too deeply into such a disordered personality.
Thompson assembles his footage with an expert's touch, but what his film lacks is its own perspective on these atrocities.
Teasing out a subversive portrait of a complex and rather subdued monster, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files unfolds with the same meticulousness exemplified by the eponymous serial killer.
Audience Reviews for The Jeffrey Dahmer Files
Interesting experimental documentary about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer uses recreation and archival footage to tell the events of the capture of the depraved killer. Although not very long, The Jeffrey Dahmer Profile is an interesting film, and it is one that is shocking from start to finish because Dahmer's crimes were despicable. The cast do a good job in the reaction parts, and some of the footage used, is quite disturbing, but necessary in order to tell a broad story of Dahmer's crimes. Viewers interested in the subject will surely find this a fascinating viewing experience, and one that you won't forget. The Jeffrey Dahmer Profile is not for everyone, but to those interested in the subject, this is a must watch. As a documentary, the film works well, but it's far from be8ing a standout in the genre. I would say that this is a good movie, but considering its run time, it doesn't really go in depth about the subject of Dahmer. Fo9r a short film, it gives you an idea of what happened, but it does feel a little light. The recreations are well done, and work well, but a straight forward documentary would have been better. Since this one recreates most of the events for the duration of the film, I think that this film could have benefited from a more realistic approach to9 the events by documenting the facts with actual interviews from those involved in the case. The film works to a certain degree, but in the long run it could have been a much better movie as well. As it is, it's good, but it could have been better as well.More
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