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Dahmer (2002)

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Release Date
 USA: Jun 21, 2002
 UK: 13 Jan 2003
DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 27, 2002

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Dahmer Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for aberrant violence, sexuality, language and some drug use.

Running Time
1 hour, 41 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Blockbuster Films, DEJ Productions, Peninsula Films Inc., Península Films, Two Left Shoes Films

Studio Peninsula Films

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• Dahmer (2002)
• The Mind Is a Place of Its Own

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Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama, Horror, Serial Killer, Suspense, Gay/Lesbian, Psychos, Cannibals, Biography, Psychodrama, True Story, Gore, Murder, Disturbing

Tagline: The mind is a place of its own.

Plot: One of the most notorious serial killers in America was Wisconsin's Jeffrey Dahmer. Dahmer's exploits included killing 15 boys and resorting to cannibalism on their corpses. This biographical drama starring Jeremy Renner (TV's ZOE, DUNCAN, JACK & JANE) does not focus on the grisly details of the murders, rather it sets out to comprehend an alienated man who struggles with his own sexuality until driven disturbingly over his head. Writer/director David Jacobson has constructed a film very much in contrast to other Dahmer portrayals in its compassion for the deranged mind. The film uses flashbacks and very few characters to give a history of the serial killer's upbringing and details as to what drove him over the edge. The masterful use of time and a strong cast were additional tools Jabobson used to elevate this horrific drama. Featuring Bruce Davison and Artel

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 External Reviews
external linkLike the other two films in First Look's series this is a pretty spooky film and will be disturbing to some - but it's also the best of the three. 3.5/4

external linkThere's very little graphic grue on display - about the same as in 'Bundy', in fact - but the tone is nevertheless very grim and matter-of-fact. 4/5
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 Directed by
David Jacobson
Down in the Valley
 Written by
David Jacobson
Down in the Valley
Bruce Davison
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Jeremy Renner
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Matt Newton
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Dion Basco
Biker Boyz, Moonwalker, Ask the Dust
Kate Williamson
Disclosure, Dream Lover, The Last Time I Committed Suicide
Tom'ya Bowden
Thicker Than Water
 Music By
Christina Agamanolis
Be Good, Smile Pretty, Wednesday Afternoon, The Divine
Marianna Bernoski
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Willow Williamson
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