Films about real-life serial killers aren’t exactly rare, but movies about them when they were young, before they became multiple murderers are far less common. That’s the subject of My Friend Dahmer, starring form Disney Channel actor Ross Lynch as a teen version of Jeffrey Dahmer.
Dahmer is of course one of the most famous serial killers in history, who killed at least 17 people, most of whom he’d picked up at Milwaukee gay bars. The fact that he kept body parts, ate parts of them and had sex with their corpses ensured he stood out from nearly all other killers. He said what he really wanted was to create a kind of zombie so that the person would never leave him, and managed to kill several of his victims while injecting things into their brains as part of his experimentation. He also defied the stereotypical image of a monster, as Dahmer was quite handsome and most people thought he was pretty normal until it was discovered what he was really doing. He was killed in prison by another inmate in 1994.
His early life should make for an interesting film, as he killed animals as a teen, and committed his first murder while he was still living at home. Marc Meyers is directing the movie, based on Derf Backderf’s critically acclaimed graphic novel.
The first trailer for the movie has now been released, which you can take a look at below. It’s a rather creepy affair, especially if you know what really happened.
The film will be out in the US in the Autumn. No UK date is currently set.