Film #271: ALBERT FISH
3 out of 5 stars
A sensationalized - and at times lurid - retelling of the story of serial killer Albert Fish. The format here is basically documentary with some dramatized reenactments, but the tone of the film is pure exploitation. The voice-over does its best to be spooky and the depiction of Fish’s heinous acts are told with such reverence for the ghastly details that the viewer can only wonder at the filmmaker’s motivation for undertaking the project. Was it to examine a blood-spattered page from American crime history or was it to revel in its more exploitative aspects? Hard to tell. By the time you get to the guy dressed as Jesus, you no longer care. Also, there is a guy - the curator of an “odditorium” - interviewed that… well, I defy you to not want to slap him in the mouth before the credits roll. Still, despite all of its sensationalization, there are still some genuine facts given that are interesting and seeing some of the rare photos and documents make it worth the rental.