'Grim': Netflix viewers united over Jeffrey Dahmer drama

Jeffrey Dahmer (Evan Peters) on the look out for victims.
DAHMER– Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has seriously disturbed viewers. (Image credit: Netflix)

DAHMER — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is a new Netflix crime drama about the notorious American serial killer and everyone is calling it "grim" from the get-go.

American Horror Story's Ryan Murphy is at the helm of the 10-part series, which sees Evan Peters taking on the role of Dahmer as he kills, cannibalizes and dismembers his victims in his apartment.

The first episode seems to throw us straight into the deep end as we see the serial killer cleaning a bloodied knife, with bleach in the background too, to the point where a concerned neighbor admits the smell is "worse than ever". 

Dahmer's able to brush it off, claiming it was "bad meat" and then when challenged, claims his tropical fish got a disease and manages to continue his lies, in a calm and incredibly uncomfortable manner, while the audience at home knows fine well what the smell actually is.

Even the first couple of minutes are stomach-churning and viewers are all in agreement when it comes to the latest drama, with some comparing it to David Fincher's popular crime series Mindhunter, and others discussing how compelling it is.

Taking to Twitter, fans have had their say on DAHMER — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, and even though it's a very difficult watch it's got people engaged already.

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The series documents Jeffrey Dahmer's killing spree between 1978 and 1991, which saw him murdering and dismembering 17 men and boys. His list of crimes include necrophilia, cannibalism and the permanent preservation of body parts, with some of these found in his apartment.

With lots of documentaries and materials that explore Dahmer's case already, Evan Peters spoke about how he brought his version to life in an interview with Variety, and that he wanted to make it "authentic". 

He said: "You can have all the backstory you want, but at the end of the day we're not making a documentary. 

"It's more about maintaining the idea and the throughline of why you're telling the story and always having that as your guiding light. But, there's so much material for Dahmer that I think it's incredibly important to make it really authentic."

DAHMER — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is streaming exclusively on Netflix.

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress