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Raising Jeffrey Dahmer

2.2 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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RAISING JEFFREY DAHMER is a story about a father's continual love for his son during one of the most shocking serial killing sprees in history. After Jeffrey's arrest, their lives unpended by rumors, innuendo and intrusive media attention, the members of Dahmer's family painfully try to piece together what led to Jeffrey's cold-blooded crimes.

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  • Actors: Wood Dickinson
  • Directors: Rich Ambler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017INRHM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Raising Jeffrey Dahmer" on IMDb

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By R. Schultz VINE VOICE on August 17, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a very amateurish production that tells us almost nothing about how Jeffrey Dahmer might have come by the fetishes that made him one of the most bizarre serial killers of the century.

Dahmer is an anomaly in the pantheon of serial killers in that he does not seem to have himself been the victim of real verbal or physical abuse as he was growing up. His biological parents were divorced and Jeffrey was largely raised by his father and stepmother. But his stepmother was no Grimm's fairytale figure. All the adults in his life appear to have been relatively intelligent and supportive. So the mystery of his pathology remains. And that's all this movie shows - his father being mystified.

This movie does show Jeffrey's father speculating that the boy might have gotten twisted by the prescription drugs his mother grew dependent on during her pregnancy. Other than that one little piece of biographical information though, there's nothing substantive here. And the production values of this indie film are so poor, the film is almost unwatchable sometimes.

Whenever the narrative is told in flashback, which it frequently is, the Director decided to use a bleached out, somewhat smudged effect on the film. This makes the actors look as if they were performing in an early 1950's TV episode shown in its fragile kinescope original.

The actors also perform as if they were in an early 1950's soap opera. They sit in suspended animation, in slow, eternally unresolved anguish. When we skip ten years and tune in again, we find we haven't missed a thing. Husband and wife are seated on the same worn couch - against the same dingy, minimalist background. They are still there in long-drawn surmise. "How did all those animals die?
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Though an interesting angle the subject matter of the killer from the tainted eyes of a parent doesnt read more than any ordinary people interaction from finding out your childis stealing. Its also obviously dated so add that to the bias and it was just too dry & predictable to even watch half way through.
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This movie is based upon the true story of Jeffrey Dahmer, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who was arrested July 22, 1991. He had a curiousness about dead animals and became an alcoholic, serial killer and a habitual sex offender. He had murdered 16 men and boys between 1978-1991. His murders involved rape, dismemberment, necrophilia and cannibalism.
His court trial began in 1992 and was very well publicized by the media.
The movie is dramatized from the Dahmer's family point of view as Jeff was imprisoned.
In 1991, Lionel Dahmer (Scott Cordes) receives a call at work from the police about his son Jeff (Rusty Sneary) being under arrest for a homicide. He contacts the grandmother and she says the police have a warrant to search inside her house, where Jeff used to live. He notifies his wife, Sherri (Cathy Barnett), who runs off a verbal list of what could have Jeff done now. However, she disregards everything Jeff has done as a child.
Lionel talks with his disturbed son at the police station. Then we see how Lionel deals with the crowd of reporters at home.
Flashbacks explore Jeffrey's childhood and adult life-style.

Please remember every one in this film is an actor.

This is an independent film, so do not expect this movie to be of the same calibur as a motion picture from a major studio.

You will not see any implied or explicit scenes or violence with minors in this film.

Also in the cast: Frankie Krainz, Erin McGrane, Kip Niven, Ric Huerill.

Co-producer Bo Svenson played "Detective John Amos".

Secret Life Of Jeffrey Dahmer (The) (2002).
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I enjoyed the show but thought that it was a little on the slower side. I really learned some interesting facts that I didn't know before. I am planing on watching it again. This is probably the type of show that you will pick up on something new each time. I am sure that I may have missed something The show contained a lot of information about his family that you really don't hear much about. It's a good way to get to know a little bit more information about where he came from and all the events that lead up to what he is famous for. It's sad to see his family have to go through this but I do plan on watching it again within the next few days.
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This movie was interesting but a bit too slow.There were too many flash backs on his childhood.His parents were very likeable people and I felt sorry for them.Jeffrey was a monster and I never felt sorry for him.I would have liked to see a bit more details about the murders none of the victims were in the movie.To me that took away from the main reason the movie was made.There was a lot of details missing .I don't recommend this movie if you want to see bloody murders because there are none.Don't waste your time.
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The movie is bad. It used very cheap, very annoying effects in the movie to convey..uh..suspense? Annoying sound effects, loud screeching noises. The drama in the family, but nothing about him actually growing up, doesn't touch up on his alcoholism in full, bits and pieces are barely in some sort of chronological order - it's just bad. I'm giving it two stars.
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