Viewing the crimes of its subject from three wildly different — yet equally intimate — perspectives “The Jeffrey Dahmer Files” compellingly illuminates how the monsters among us leave more than corpses in their wake.
Yet this skin-crawling documentary from Chris James Thompson achieves most of its power from restraint. Refusing to sensationalize Dahmer’s multiple killings and grisly experiments with dead flesh, Mr. Thompson zeros in instead on his 1991 arrest and interrogation. As though responding to a single, unspoken question — How did the Dahmer case affect you? — the film’s interviewees unearth a trove of macabre memories, all laced with the kind of spicy details that turn cold news into immediate horror.
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