My Friend Dahmer
Before Jeffrey Dahmer became one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, he was a teenage loner. Conducting grisly experiments in a makeshift backyard lab, Jeff was invisible to most, until his increasingly bizarre behavior unexpectedly attracted friends. Based on the acclaimed graphic memoir by cartoonist John “Derf” Backderf — who was a teenage friend of the nascent serial killer and nearly became his first human victim — “My Friend Dahmer” chronicles the origins of the man, the monster — and the high-school senior. Ross Lynch portrays Dahmer in a performance that Paper Magazine describes as “haunted, sad, scary, and unforgettable,” and the exceptional cast includes Anne Heche, Vincent Kartheiser, Dallas Roberts, Alex Wolff, and Tommy Nelson. Variety hails the new film from director Marc Meyers — a two-time SLIFF alum with “Approaching Union Square” and “Harvest” — as “a serious and audacious attempt to dramatize the inner life of a sick puppy when he wasn’t quite so sick” and declares that “‘My Friend Dahmer’ is disturbingly compelling and original … the movie that Gus Van Sant’s ‘Elephant’ wanted to be: a humanizing dissection of teen psychosis."