And, part two of the second two-parter.
Jeffrey Dahmer: The Secret Life (1993)
Y'know, If I were you, and could only watch one, I would probably actually go with the '93 one.
The budget is shit, the actor looks nothing like the real Dahmer...but his performance, and the research of the real story are dead fucking perfect.
It plays out like an R rated version of an "America's Most Wanted", re-enactment, but it's damned good for what it is, and what it has to work with.
The '02 remake has Jeremy Renner, and he's a better actor on a technical level...but he's not Dahmer, he distorts him into his own character for drama's sake.
The Renner one has updated revelations like the story Dahmer told his dad about the head in a box he (his old man) almost found, and in after-text, takes it up to his murder in prison.
But other than that, meh.
I could take or leave that one.
The great Dahmer movie has yet to be made.
But for now, the '93 one is as best as you'll find.
Of course, if you want to compare, go ahead and see both.
I'm just saying.
Now, for my philosophical musings.
Warning ya, in case you wanna change the channel.
See, I don't look at guys like this the way most people do.
I don't get that knee-jerk "oh, they're eeeevil!! They're from the Devil!!", feeling.
Those reactions are for kids from my perspective.
I'm a big evolutionary psychology guy.
I'm one that thinks if evolution can explain how every little hair and fingernail on your body got where they are, then it has to apply to every bump and wrinkle in the brain, and everything, everything, everything was selected for.
Everything can be explained by survival utility.
Even being a homicidal psycho had survival value for our ancestors, or where else did psychos come from?
They sure don't fall from the sky.
So, when I hear about a guy who had heads in his fridge, I'm like "of course. Of course you found that guy. I'm surprised there aren't more".
And of course there are.
Like I said in the Manson one, they just play society's game better, and confine their really twisted acts to foreign countries with lax human rights.
Thailand's economy runs on child rape, fer chrissake.
Who do you think's going there, Fred from the auto garage?
No, it's wealthy white businessmen.
You think if one of those sons of bitches had been forced to grow up in fucking Milwaukee, they wouldn't have heads in a fridge?
I also love what Dahmer's story does to the nervous Nellies that want to censor media.
Cuts their legs right out from under them.
Dahmer once testified that he tried to get his jollies from horror movies, but they bored him, because his fucked up imagination was better.
There you go, right from the horse's mouth.
A living laboratory, and he goddamned told you all, movies don't do it.
Movies. Don't. Do it.
Get that through your thick fucking skulls, folks.
If that cold hard reality doesn't sit well with your precious political narratives, that's just tough shit for you.
Reboot yourself, and get a new narrative.
Otherwise, you're devoting your life to folly.
Anyway, both of these flicks are on Youtube.
There's actually a third one "Raising Dahmer", but I can tell from the trailer it's a fetid piece of unwatchable shit.
Aaaand...yeah, that's it.
Up next, back to the warm embracing safety of flesh eating mutants.