My Friend Dahmer is the horror-tinged biopic on iconic serial Jeffrey Dahmer. Dahmer was convicted in 1992 of the murder, rape, and dismemberment of 17 males between 1978 and 1991. During this period, he became known only as ‘The Milwaukee Cannibal‘.

The film aims to shed light on the story of Dahmer you don’t often hear. My Friend Dahmer is based on a Graphic Novel of the same name; a memoir by John “Derf” Backderf  about his teenage years with Dahmer.  Who’s behind the man, the murderer? Audiences will get a rare glimpse at a boy behind a monster.

Will My Friend Dahmer attempt to answer the question of nature vs. nurture? Or will it be much more grey than that..


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From the press release:

Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured and incarcerated. He would become one of America’s most infamous serial killers. This is the story before that story.

Jeff Dahmer (Disney Channel’s Ross Lynch) is an awkward teenager struggling to make it through high school with a family life in ruins. He collects roadkill, fixates on a neighborhood jogger (Vincent Kartheiser, “Mad Men”), and copes with his unstable mother (Anne Heche) and well-intentioned father (Dallas Roberts). He begins to act out at school, and his goofball antics win over a group of band-nerds who form The Dahmer Fan Club, headed by Derf Backderf (Alex Wolff, “Patriots Day”). But this camaraderie can’t mask his growing depravity. Approaching graduation, Jeff spirals further out of control, inching ever closer to madness.

Marc Meyers’s MY FRIEND DAHMER is the haunting, sad, funny, true story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school, based on Derf Backderf’s critically acclaimed 2012 graphic novel of the same name and Meyers’s own 2014 Black List script.

Runtime: 107 Minutes 
Rating: R


My Friend Dahmer stars Ross Lynch. The film is written and directed by Marc Meyers. The film will be released in theaters on November 3rd, 2017.


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