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.”
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.
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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