What would it be like to live next door to one of history’s most notorious serial killers? That’s just one of the questions answered in The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, a documentary that goes directly to sources with the most insight on the Milwaukee murderer. Testimonials from his next-door neighbor, the detective who coaxed a full confession from Dahmer, and the medical examiner who examined the grisly after-math firsthand offer a glimpse into his twisted psyche. “I personally am fascinated by serial killers. I think a lot of people are. [Dahmer’s] story is very personal,” says Keith Garcia, programming manager for the Denver Film Society. “He didn’t just want to kill people; he found intimacy with people via killing.”
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The film supplements its interviews and archival footage with dramatized scenes that eschew lurid re-creations of the crimes in favor of re-enactments of strange but quiet moments in Dahmer’s life around the time of the murders. The effect is an intimate yet chilling look at the cannibalistic sex killer who remains a source of dark fascination more than twenty years after his arrest.
See The Jeffrey Dahmer Files at 10 p.m. tonight or tomorrow at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $7, $5 for DFS members; for more information, visit www.denverfilm.org.
Fri., March 15, 10 p.m.; Sat., March 16, 10 p.m., 2013