Netflix has another hit under its name, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. The show stars Evan Peters in the lead as the notorious serial killer in the series. The 10-episode series follows the killing spree of Jeffrey Dahmer, who terrorized the state of Wisconsin from 1978 to 1991. The story of the series is presented from the point of view of his victims. The series dives into how the police incompetence and apathy allowed the serial killer to continue his killing spree for years.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story drew a huge audience for the streaming platform. It has gained 196.2 million views ever since its release on September 21. The viewership puts it in the top tier of the streaming platform with shows like Squid Game, All of Us Are Dead, Stranger Things Season 4, and Bridgerton Season 2.
Evan Peters From Playing a Superhero to Portraying a Serial Killer
Evan Peters, who is playing the role of Jeffrey Dahmer in the series, has impressed everyone with his performance. Peters starred in multiple shows in the early days of his career. However, the actor made his breakthrough with the role of Tate Langdon in the first season of American Horror Story.
Evan Peters as Quicksilver in X-Men
Evan Peters also appeared on the other seasons of the show. He won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in American Horror Story Season 2. Peters later landed the role of Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past and starred in several X-Men movies.
His last appearance as Quicksilver was on the Disney+ show, WandaVision, where he played Pietro Maximoff. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is another breakthrough for the actor as it has received an immense amount of viewership just within a week of its release.
The actor talked about how it was a difficult and heavy project and the how creators of the show, Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, handled such sensitive content. He also said that the creators never wanted to tell the story from Dahmer’s point of view. Evan Peters also claimed that they did not want to sympathize with the killer and planned to portray everything authentically.
The Cast of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Another reason people are tuning in for the show could be its cast. The show stars Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Jenkins as Lionel Dahmer, Molly Ringwald as Shari Dahmer, Michael Learned as Catherine Dahmer, and Niecy Nash as Glenda Cleveland.
The cast of the show has surely put out their best. Evan Peters said that preparing for the character was extremely difficult. Seems like their hard work has finally paid off with the response the series is receiving.
The show has received lots of responses from viewers and critics, including both positive and negative, bringing in a large audience.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Receives a Massive Backlash
After the release of the show, the term ‘Dahmer‘ was among the top search terms in the US. With everyone tuning in, not all of them are here to appreciate the show. Many people criticized the show for its approach to the families of victims.
The series claimed to give a voice to the Dahmer’s victims. However, one of the family members of Dahmer’s victim has claimed otherwise. The family member said they were consulted about the series, which ended up being more entertainment media digging up their trauma.
Families claim that the true crime genre has always used victims’ pain and sufferings for entertainment. It is not the first time Netflix is criticized for portraying the life of a serial killer on screen. However, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has become one of the most successful adaptations in such a genre.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is streaming on Netflix.