After Watching Dahmer: Top Serial Killer Series/Movies Based on True Stories
Mariam Youssef
10/10/22, 7:00 PM

You’ve probably watched Netflix’s most-talked-about series nowadays, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which is based on a true story of a serial killer who used to kill, dissect, and eat his victims. Although Dahmer is not the first cinematic attempt to unveil the truth about this vile serial killer, it is considered the best depiction of him. Thanks to the crew behind this show, it’s become one of Netflix's most-watched shows ever. We’re also going to have to pay a special tribute to Evan Peters, the actor who played Dahmer, for his exceptionally convincing performance. In one of his recent interviews, he said that he had to go to really dark places to be able to understand and portray this mysterious character. Well, Evan, we can tell you that whatever you did paid off a great deal! In fact, if I ever get the chance to interview you, I’d really love to know what you meant by “dark places.”

On a side note, the series has had its share of controversy as some people, especially the victims’ families, see that it was hurtful and it brought back melancholic memories that they were never able to forget. The truth about Dahmer and his crimes is truly horrific and almost unbelievable. That’s why we find it bizarre that some people are romanticizing Jeff Dahmer’s character played by Evan Peters, sharing photos and videos of the actor while in character and captioning them hearts and kisses. While no one can deny that Evan is drop-dead gorgeous, you should never confuse him with the psychopathic character he played. The only feelings we should have towards Jeffrey Dahmer are disgust, despise, and loathe.

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Well, enough of Dahmer and let’s have a look at some other serial killer series and movies that are based on true stories. Get ready as it’s about to get more gruesome and ghastly.

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A single mother thinks she's discovered the man of her dreams, according to the Elizabeth Kendall book The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy. He is accused of a series of gruesome killings, and his trial dismantles her entire existence. Ted Bundy, played by Zac Efron, aggressively defends himself in America's first nationally televised trial, insisting on his innocence. Liz finds it difficult to accept the reality of this man at the same time and refuses to believe the truth about him for years.

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No Man of God

That’s another film that discusses the serial killer, Ted Bundy, from a different perspective. He agreed to reveal his crimes' specifics, but only to Bill Hagmaier. Based on a true event, the film explores the strange and complicated bond that developed between an FBI agent and Ted Bundy when he was a prisoner in the years before his death. Because of the outstanding performances, this one is not to be missed, especially for fans of the gloomy subgenre.

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The Frozen Ground

According to PopSugar, this thriller is inspired by real-life serial killer Robert Hansen, also known as the Butcher Baker. Between 1971 and 1983, Hansen kidnapped, raped, and killed 17 women in and around Anchorage, Alaska. Hansen would set his prey free in the remote Alaskan bush and go on the search for them with a knife and a Ruger Mini-14. He primarily went for sex workers. He did this as a sort of vengeance for being rejected by women his entire life, according to the theory behind it.

From Hell

The psychological suspense film From Hell was released in 2001. The story centers on Johnny Depp's portrayal of Chief Inspector, Frederick Abberline as he searches for the infamous real-life supervillain known as "Jack the Ripper." A mysterious assailant known as Jack the Ripper, who first appeared in 1888, was responsible for the murder and torture of at least five women discovered within a mile of one another. Even more disturbing than the shockingly disfigured state in which these individuals were discovered is the knowledge that the person who committed such horrible crimes was never identified.


Anyone who believes that only men may be crowned with the intent to kill and use violence has never heard of Aileen Wuornos. For people who fit this description, Patty Jenkins' biographical crime picture Monster is highly recommended. Jenkins' artistic masterwork retells the frightening tale of a struggling young woman as she progresses from the streets to a next-level crime: murder, starring Charlize Theron. In both real life and on the big screen, Wuornos was a prostitute who was accused of killing seven clients who were men between the years of 1989 and 1990.

The Snowtown Murders

The Snowtown Murders, directed by Justin Kurzel, is a 2011 film that chronicles Australia's most well-known massacre. Three young men, John Justin Bunting, Robert Joe Wagner, and James "Jamie" Spyridon Vlassakis, committed what would come to be known as the "bodies in barrels murders" between August 1992 and May 1999. The horrific details of the murders, which involved both torture and cannibalism, are horrifying.

To Catch A Killer

With his reign as the terrifying "Killer Clown," John Wayne Gacy (mentioned in the 10th episode of Netflix’s Dahmer” may have been the sole cause of coulrophobia (fear of clowns), and “To Catch A Killer” gives a clear explanation of why. The 1992 two-part television tale, directed by Eric Till, details the horrible and gory past of a vicious serial murderer who raped and brutally slaughtered over 30 young boys. It is truly disturbing to anyone and equally entertaining for horror-film fans.


The Zodiac killer deserves a movie more than anyone else since he is another unsolved true-crime mystery and one of the most famous ones at that. David Fincher's epic film Zodiac tells the story of the serial killer who left bodies all over the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s and the early 1970s. Not only does this film accurately depict the ingenious strategy and horrifying methods employed by the Zodiac killer, but it also features a number of really well-known Hollywood actors, including Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Even so, these famous actors only serve as supporting characters in this true-crime film.

Dr. Death

Dr. Death, a Peacock drama based on the 2018 true crime podcast of the same name by Wondery, centers on a surgeon who appears committed to using his knife to end the lives of his patients—and a medical system happy to let him get away with it. Dr. Death introduces viewers to Christopher Duntsch, a real-life Texas surgeon who, between 2011 and 2013, operated on roughly 40 patients, virtually all of them were killed or severely injured. In 2017, Duntsch was sentenced to life in prison.

My Friend Dahmer

If you’re not yet sick of the story of Jeffrey Dahmer, you’ll like this one. My Friend Dahmer may be one of the best biography-based psychological thrillers ever created about Jeffrey Dahmer, the most notorious serial killer of all time. The 2017 American adaption, riveting from beginning to end and directed by Marc Lynch, is based on none other than the Milwaukee Cannibal himself.

I Am The Night

The Black Dahlia murderer has never been caught, making it one of the most infamous unsolved murder mystery cases of all time, but that doesn't mean there hasn't been a ton of suspects and theories. I Am the Night, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Chris Pine as the made-up, narcotic journalist Jay Singletary, follows one of those theories. Singletary discovers a possible route in 1960s Hollywood that could lead him to the main murder suspect.

Alias Grace

Alias Grace is based on the gruesome double homicide that happened in Upper Canada in July 1843, when two of Thomas Kinnear's servants, James McDermott and Grace Marks were accused of killing Kinnear and his maid and lover, Nancy Montgomery. Kinnear was shot, while pregnant Montgomery was struck on the head with an ax before being strangled.

If you’re looking for a serial killer series that is not necessarily based on a true story, we have to mention: YOU


We cannot talk about serial killers and not mention Joe Goldberg. Although YOU is not based on a true story, it is one of the best serial-killer shows you’ll ever watch. It has been recently announced that season 4 will debut on February, 2023. We’re so excited to see what this psychopathic freak will do next. If you haven’t watched the show before, we suggest watching the previous three seasons before the 4th one debuts.

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Mariam Youssef

Growing up, I've always wanted to become so many things: a fashion designer, painter, singer, actress, and anything that revolves around art. It wasn't until I watched "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" that I realized that writing is the one thing that will enable me to write about all sorts of things and all types of art. Writing is one of the dearest things to my heart as it expresses who I am and what I stand for. My wardrobe is pink inked, fashion is my passion, beauty is my duty, and cats are my best furr-iends❤️