Jeffrey Dahmer Story Trailer Breakdown: Will Evan Peters’ Vengeful New Thriller Bring Terror?
Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan’s co-created limited series DAHMER Monster will reveal the true Jeffrey Dahmer story on Netflix. Murphy has previously worked on a number of horror-themed programs with Evan Peters. This time, the incredible team returns in a stunning biographical crime drama.
The program will make its Netflix debut this September. It will show once again how terrifying Peters is when he plays roles like this. His portrayal of the infamous American serial killer will set new records. Scroll down for our in-depth analysis of the just-released first official trailer for the program.
Breaking Down the DAHMER Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Trailer
The DAHMER Monster video begins with two men walking towards an apartment while happy music that would play at a carnival plays in the background. One of them is the titular host, played by Emmy-winning actor Evan Peters, who has become a master of such gruesome shows thanks to his shared professional past with Ryan Murphy.
As he greets his visitor inside, he notices a strange smell. The camera pans out to reveal Dahmer’s room littered with empty beer cans and a device that resembles a heat gun. At this point the music gets darker as the light-hearted track ends. The door is menacingly closed by Dahmer and his visitor is startled by the gloomy surroundings.
After that, a montage shows Dahmer attending to various male visitors and bringing them drinks. Niecy Nash’s voiceover can be heard in the background asking, “What are you doing in there? the smells. Power tools running all night. I hear screams in your apartment. The rolling montage reinforces our fear of this man throughout, but it’s unclear what he does to the men who come to his house. All we know is that it’s cruel and evil.
The courtroom sequence of the DAHMER monster trailer
The trailer then puts us in a light-filled room with him and his neighbor (Neicy Nash), where the two converse and the former seems to make up for the latter. He asks her to open the present he bought for her, but when she doesn’t, he does it for her and takes out a gross sandwich. In a calm and dangerous voice, he orders her to consume it.
In the image below he is shown hugging a man in a coffin which leads to a scene in his bedroom where he is holding a mannequin lying on his bed. When Nash and Peters’ characters are seen in earlier scenes, the former seems uncomfortable about the sandwich Dahmer is serving her.
Who is Jeffrey Dahmer?
The Milwaukee Cannibal or Milwaukee Monster, also known as Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (/dmr/; May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994) was an American serial killer and sex offender who murdered seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991 and dismembered .
His later kills often resulted in cannibalism, necrophilia, and the permanent retention of body parts, usually all or part of the skeleton.
Dahmer was found legally sane at his trial, despite being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder and a psychotic disorder. On February 17, 1992, he was sentenced to fifteen life terms in prison for the sixteen murders he committed in Wisconsin and found guilty of fifteen of them. Dahmer was later sentenced to life in prison for the sixteenth time for a second murder he committed in Ohio in 1978.
Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin, beat Dahmer to death on November 28, 1994.
Early Years by Jeffrey Dahmer
Childhood Lionel Herbert Dahmer, a Marquette University chemistry student who eventually worked as a research chemist, and Joyce Annette (née Flint), a teletypewriter teacher, gave birth to their first son, Dahmer, on May 21, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Joyce Dahmer was of Norwegian and Irish descent, while Lionel Dahmer was of German and Welsh descent.
According to some stories, Dahmer was neglected as a baby.
However, according to some reports, Dahmer’s parents adored him as a baby and toddler, although his mother was notorious for being tense, attention-grabbing, and confrontational with her husband and neighbors.
Lionel’s university studies kept him away from home for much of Dahmer’s freshman year; When he was home, his wife—a hypochondriac with depression—demanded constant attention and spent increasing amounts of time in bed.
It is reported that she once used Equinil in a suicide attempt. As a result, both parents did not spend much time with their child, who later recalled feeling “insecure of the solidity of the family” from an early age, a result of the intense tensions and frequent arguments between his parents during his early years.
After undergoing double hernia surgery just before his fourth birthday, Dahmer, previously an “energetic and happy boy,” became noticeably more introverted.
Dahmer was considered quiet and shy in elementary school; A teacher later recalled noticing early signs of abandonment in Dahmer due to his mother’s illnesses, which worsened when she became pregnant with their second child.
Nevertheless, Dahmer already had a few acquaintances in elementary school.
The family moved to Doylestown, Ohio in October 1966.
Jeffrey had the opportunity to choose his little sibling’s name when Joyce gave birth to him in December; he settled on the name David.
Lionel graduated that year and began working as an analytical chemist in neighboring Akron, Ohio.
Dahmer was fascinated by dead animals from an early age. When he was four, he may have noticed his father removing animal bones from the foundation of the family home, which may have sparked his obsession with dead animals. Lionel claimed Dahmer dabbled with animal bones, which he initially referred to as his “fiddlesticks,” and was “strangely pleased” with the sound the bones made. Occasionally he would even look under and around the house for more bones, and he would look inside the bodies of animals to see where their bones were.
The family moved to Bath Township in Summit County, Ohio in 1968. This was the Dahmers’ sixth home since their marriage and their third in the last two years. Not far from the house, in a small cabin surrounded by an acre of woods, Dahmer began collecting giant insects like dragonflies and moths, as well as the skeletons of small creatures like chipmunks and squirrels. Some of these remains were kept inside the hut in jars preserved with formaldehyde.
During a chicken dinner two years later, Dahmer questioned Lionel about what would happen if the chicken bones were dunked in bleach.
Lionel demonstrated how to safely bleach and preserve animal bones, encouraged by his son’s interest in science. These preservation methods were incorporated into Dahmer’s bone collection, and he also began collecting dead animals, particularly street killers, which he dissected and buried next to the hut, occasionally placing the skulls on self-made crosses. Dahmer reportedly told a friend that he was interested in learning how animals “go together.” Dahmer once killed a dog in 1975, decapitated it, then nailed the body to a tree and impaled the skull on a stick in the woods behind his home. He then invited a pal to view the exhibit as a “hoax,” saying he just found the bones by accident.
The same year that Lionel showed his son how to preserve animal bones, Joyce began taking sleeping pills, laxatives, and Equanil more each day, which significantly reduced her face-to-face interactions with her husband and children.
Jeffrey Dahmer at the high school
Dahmer was viewed as an outsider from his freshman year at Revere High School.
By the time he was 14, he had started drinking beer and liquor during the day. He often hid his alcohol in the jacket he wore to school. He is believed to have told a classmate who asked him why he was drinking Scotch in a morning history lesson that the liquor he was drinking was “my medicine”. Staff in his freshman year described Dahmer as polite, highly intelligent, but with average grades, despite his general lack of communication. He enjoyed playing tennis and spent a short time in the high school band.
When Dahmer hit puberty, he realized he was gay, but he kept it a secret from his parents. He briefly dated another male teenager in his early teens, but they never engaged in sexual activity. According to Dahmer’s later admissions, he began having dreams of masturbation with fully obedient male partners in his early to mid-teen years. At one point, he focused on his fantasy partners’ breasts and torsos. Dissection gradually merged with these fantasies. When he was about 16, Dahmer had a fantasy of knocking out a particularly gorgeous jogger so he could use his body for sex. In order to wait for this person, Dahmer once hid in a bush with a baseball bat; but on that particular day he didn’t come by. Dahmer later claimed that this was his first attempt at attack.
Awkward conversation between Niecy Nash and Peters’ Dahmer
Further on, we encounter a bespectacled youth who is most likely a younger version of Peters’ Dahmer. Coming back to today’s Dahmer on the show, the actor is shown eating something and telling Nash it’s just meat as the menacing atmosphere intensifies.
Another montage of the specifics of his room and childhood unfolds as vehicles, people, an ambulance and the police gather outside a building. Additionally, there is a courtroom scenario with Dahmer in the orange suit, referencing his likely trial where riots erupt. He is then seen seemingly packing body parts into a box and luggage as the scene moves on.
Crying inconsolably in front of police, Niecy Nash says she’s been calling them for months but now it’s too late. Before we return to the same room with the two actors, a final montage of bewildering moments of disbelief unfolds. Before the name of the series is announced, Dahmer once again orders her to eat the sandwich with a serious expression.
In the upcoming DAHMER Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story limited series, Evan Peters will star with Niecy Nash, Colin Ford, Shaun Brown, Richard Jenkins and more. On September 21, 2022, Netflix will exclusively release the series.
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