After taking on Jeffrey Dahmer, Netflix will next tackle the Menendez brothers.
On Monday, the streamer revealed that Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story will be the second installment in the anthology series from Ryan Murphy. It’s the first of two additional seasons ordered by the streamer.
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Lyle and Erik Menendez captured national attention while on trial in 1993 for the 1989 murder of their affluent parents, which they claimed was self-defense. After receiving a hung jury, the brothers were tried a second time in 1995. They were subsequently found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.
The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story comes after the success of Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which topped Nielsen’s U.S. ranking of streaming originals for the week of its release in September 2022 and amassed nearly 4.4 billion minutes watched across all 10 episodes in Week 2.
Starring Evan Peters in the titular role, Dahmer centered on the serial killer’s gruesome murder of 17 individuals between 1978 and 1991. It drew criticism for its graphic depiction of the slayings as well as its specific portrayal of Dahmer’s victims, who were predominately Black men.
Murphy pushed back against accusations that Dahmer glamorized his actions, telling the New York Times, “What are the rules now? Should we never do a movie about a tyrant?” He added that he wanted to tell Dahmer’s story because “it was the biggest thing I’ve ever seen that really sort of examines how easy it is to get away with things with the white privilege aspects.”
Monster should refer to their father who sexually, physically and mentally abused them. Their mother was horrible too. The judge at the 2nd trial excluded any corroborating evidence of abuse. The father and mothers own family testified for the brothers supporting abuse claims.
That’s disappointing. This one’s been done to death in my opinion.
Just why??? Hard pass.
NBC just did this story in 2017. Maybe Ryan Murphy should come up with some fresh ideas
I don’t understand all the criticism around Dahmer. I thought it was a very thorough portrayal of his story, and Evan Peters was phenomenal in the role. If anything, my biggest criticism is that it moved too slowly. But I thought it was a great show. Looking forward to the new season!
Why the criticism?
Because it’s focus was on this horrible criminal and not the victims. It exploited the victims and their families for entertainment.
This feels.more like America. crime Story vs Monster. I was hoping for more of the Serial Killer stories vs something like this that has been done many times and recent.
ugh. these are not the monsters i want to see. i want monsters of folklore.