Curious about watching Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story? It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart!
Netflix recently released the much-anticipated series ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’. And there has been a whole lot of hype about the new series with many people unable to get past the very first episode.
I LOVE true crime – I listen to true crime podcasts all day, every day. So I watched the series to see if it rose up to the hype.
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Look: Evan Peters is Going to Be the Next Big Thing
If you have watched American Horror Story – you will be very familiar with Evan Peters. Look, the kid is an absolute star – and he totally ‘kills it’ in this series. As I knew he would. Evan Peters just knows how to get under your skin, and he is pure evil as Jeffrey Dahmer. The sneer, the understated way Dahmer is quiet and withdrawn….
But little ole Evan Peters is evil in just about every role he has been given – so let’s hope we get to see his sunny smile in something else down the track.
Is The Series Glorifying Serial Killers?
Nope. It really doesn’t. The fact the series made me feel ill about what he did – and that he really came across as a pure disgusting monster – which is the truth – well maybe it does the opposite of glorifying. Instead, we see the monster for whom he truly is. A piece of disgusting shit who was a brutal and sadistic murderer.
In fact, I’d like to see more TV Series or Movies on serial killers going this route of making them out to be what they really are – monsters.
The series does focus on Dahmer’s youth, his relationship with his parents, his school life and alcoholism and the loneliness and isolation a young Dahmer experienced. Without making all this an ‘excuse’ for what he did.
Black and Brown Versus White
Secondly shocking to the actual crimes was the way in which the black and brown community of Milwaukee was treated by law enforcement at the time. This series really highlighted the fact that this monster could have been caught so much earlier if they just listened to the citizens who repeatedly complained about the behavior of Dahmer.
But, you know, RACISM.
The most horrifying part of Jeffrey Dahmer’s killing spree was when his 14-year-old victim managed to escape Dahmer’s apartment, only for Police Officers to be called and they returned the kid to his murderer citing it was a ‘Lovers quarrel’. This poor 14-year-old baby could have been saved if Police had just asked a few questions.
So yes, there is gay bashing, there is blatest racism and corrupt cops. And the series shows it all without apologies. It makes for super uncomfortable viewing. And a series should make you feel – I liked that it gave no fucks about how you felt – but told the story as it was.
And Dahmer’s next-door neighbor is the hero of the whole story!
LGBTQA+ Category Netflix Hype
The latest hype is that Netflix has included the series in the ‘LGBTQA+’ category and many think that the series should not be labelled under this banner. It is a sad part of history – but it is a part of history, and a horrific chapter in gay history.
The storyline about Tony Hughes, a gay mute and deaf black man really hurt to the core…. But again, the series made me love Tony, and hate Jeff for taking his life. I loved how the series really bought the person and the victim, Tony Hughes to life. I wanted to know more about him, more about his Mum and his family, and the struggles he must have gone through.
So hate me if you will – but I think this series SHOULD be included in the LGBTQ+ category. Let the gay community hate this monster for targeting them.
The First Episode is the Hardest To Get Through
The first episode is a real punch in the stomach. It isn’t like most other true crime series that saves the story for the last episode – nope, this gets right down to business, right up front on the very first episode. And yes, it will make you sick to the stomach. So if you are queasy about true crime – probably give this series a miss.
But to recap the first episode, the series opens with Jeffrey Dahmer’s neighbor, Glenda Cleveland (played by Niecy Nash) who is concerned about the incessant drilling, hammering and yelling coming from the apartment next door.
As well as the noise, there is a smell that permeates through the air vents. Glenda approaches Jeff to complain about the noise and smell, and we get a glimpse of Jeff’s dry one bedroom apartment. The sort of apartment that is shabby and stained (think crack den), with a sad-looking green fish tank, and a bottle of bleach with gloves, a hammer and a bloody drill.
The series starts with Dahmer’s very last victim, Tracy Edwards whom Dahmer met at a gay bar before bringing him back to his sad apartment. Tracy can feel the cat and mouse like tension when he enters Dahmer’s apartment, like he is cornered, but doesn’t want to be rude. Dahmer drugs a drink given to Edwards, but somehow – he gets out of that apartment and to the Police.
I’ll leave the rest for you to watch!
Families of the Victims Are Not Happy About the Series
As much as the series really tells the story from the victim’s perspective, the families of Dahmer’s victims are not happy as the series has bought back all the emotions and feelings that they are trying to put behind them.
Rita Isbell is the sister of Dahmer victim Errol Lindsay. If you have watched the series already, you would recognise Rita from the powerful victim impact statement she gave at Dahmer’s trial. This girl really let him have it! Watch it below.
I really do feel for the families, there have been so many movies, books and tv series on Jeffrey Dahmer – and it must be hard for them to move on. But at the same time, the fact the producers of this series have focused on the victims instead of glorifying the monster – is kind of different. Look, there is always going to be morbid interest in these monsters – hell I love watching this kind of stuff.
My Sum Up on Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
I’ve watched many tv series and movies on Jeffrey Dahmer. But I would say that this one is the best by far. It leaves you with a yucky taste in your mouth. It is full of racism, homophobia, police incompetence, and pedophilia (two of his victims were only 14 years old). It’s gross.
It is both horrifying and riveting at the same time.
And if there is a smell coming from the neighbor’s house – believe them!
Watch the Official Netflix Trailer here:
Where to Watch Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is available now on Netflix.