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Basically, a film of reenactments of fake Jeffrey Dahmer going to stores and buying things.




Saturday, April 28, 11:30 p.m.
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)

Sunday, April 29, 10 p.m.
Friday, May 4, 9:45 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

If you want to watch reenactments of Jeffrey Dahmer visiting stores that he may or may not have visited in real life, this quasi-documentary is for you.

Purporting to take us inside the crimes committed by the infamous serial killer, this film features very little that takes us inside Dahmer’s mind and a lot of weird filler. We follow a man who is clearly not Dahmer, but creeped-up to look like him, as he walks around, visits a hardware store, drinks outside a carnival, and eventually goes into a hotel room with his first murder victim.

That they are reenactments makes it hard to know how true to real life the scenes are, a point never addressed in the film. These slow-moving scenes are interspersed with well-shot interviews with the coroner and police investigator who handled the case, as well as one of Dahmer’s neighbours. Unfortunately, the film never speaks with anyone who knew Dahmer when he was young, barely touches on his work-life at a chocolate factory, and generally gives very little insight into the psyche of a man who kept dried male genitalia in a cooking pot with several severed hands.

Jeff is full of endless procedural details, leaving the door wide open for another documentary that actually teaches us something about Jeffrey Dahmer.

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