A new true crime series has recently been released on Netflix that leaves even the most experienced crime enthusiasts with an uncomfortable feeling. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story tells the story of American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and while the series is currently hugely popular, some say it’s actually “too horrible” to watch. “I’ve had to turn it off three times already,” it sounds on Twitter.
Jeffrey Dahmer brutally abused and murdered 17 young men between 1978 and 1991. He was also known as ‘the Milwaukee cannibal’, because he saved and ate parts of his victims. In the ten episodes of the Netflix series, you can see how Dahmer ‘brought in’ his victims and his actions are also graphically re-enacted.
Netflix did their thing with this Dahmer series. The acting & cinematography is A1. Dahmer was a sick fuck tho, my god.
— DG (@thatsd__) September 23, 2022
Dahmer’s story is not only infamous for the horror he inflicted on his victim, but also for the failure of the police. In the series, you see how Dahmer was able to go about his business for years thanks to his white privilege as a white man. The police often took his side and concerns and reports from black neighbours were not taken seriously, for example. This cost the lives of many men of colour in particular.
— Olivia Leaa (@OliviaLeaa) September 22, 2022
Four episodes into #Dahmer and I’ve never watched a series that’s made me feel so uncomfortable as much as this. The stuff he did was dreadful and disgusting.
— Libby Phelan (@libby_phelan) September 21, 2022
Many people say on social media that they are impressed by Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. In particular, actor Evan Peters, who plays Jeffrey Dahmer, receives many compliments for how well he portrays the killer. But the fact that the series is so realistic also makes it difficult to watch according to some. “If you can binge this, you’re sick,” he tweeted. “I hope Evan Peters gets therapy after this rendition because this role is insane.”
Episode 1 of DAHMER was fucking incredible. So intense, you'll forget to breathe for 20 minutes. Evan Peters is creepy as hell. Ace direction from Carl Franklin. Time for Episode 2…
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) September 21, 2022
In other comments, people indicate that they normally like to binge crime series, but that this title really makes them feel too nauseous. ” It’s too much. It’s traumatizing and I’m only half an hour from the first episode.”
So yeah about 3 episodes deep and all i can say is wow. They dont shy away from how sadistic Jeffrey Dahmer truly was and how incompetent our law enforcement was.
Evan Peters is bone chilling. For me its his best work as an actor.
Niecy Nash deserves high praise as well. pic.twitter.com/xqmS0Dk9nP
— MILLER™️⚪️⚪️🔴 (@MrMiller_007) September 22, 2022
As much as the series gets praise for the fine acting and filming, not everyone is happy with the fact that Dahmer’s story is being told. For example, relatives of Errol Lindsey, one of Dahmer’s victims, have announced on Twitter that they have not been informed of the Netflix plans. That while, according to cousin Eric, the series is traumatizing. “My family is angry about the series. It retraumatizes again and again, for what? How many films, series and documentaries do we need?”
I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge rn, but if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family (the Isbell’s) are pissed about this show. It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need? https://t.co/CRQjXWAvjx
— eric. (@ericthulhu) September 22, 2022
Rita, Errol’s sister, has also responded. The series features a scene where her emotional speech in court is accurately re-enacted. “If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that was me. It felt like I was reliving everything again. It brought back all the emotions I felt then,” she says in Insider. “Netflix should have asked how we felt about it, but they didn’t ask me. They just did it.”
So when they say they’re doing this “with respect to the victims” or “honoring the dignity of the families”, no one contacts them. My cousins wake up every few months at this point with a bunch of calls and messages and they know there’s another Dahmer show. It’s cruel.
— eric. (@ericthulhu) September 23, 2022
— hot girl jo (@sicssorluv) September 21, 2022
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