The latest entry in the cultural obsession with true story murders is My Friend Dahmer, an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name. The graphic novel was written by Derf Backderf, a classmate of Dahmer’s in high school, and the film appears to examine Dahmer’s social isolation and the response it created in those around him.
The thirst for pop culture exploration of serial killers seems to be unquenchable, and My Friend Dahmer is just the latest in the litany of murderer-centric stories. At some point it might be worth asking what underlies that fascination, and why watching people become killers appeals so deeply. But that introspection can be saved for another day, because if this trailer is evidence, Derf’s work is deserving of the big-screen.
My Friend Dahmer stars Ross Lynch, Anne Heche, and Vincent Kartheiser.
-Christopher Zumski Finke