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The Boston Strangler: The Untold Story (2008/Genius DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: D     Extras: D     Feature: D



There’s a very good reason why this is “The Untold Story” and it’s because there is no story.  This movie is an hour and a half of telling you who was not the Boston Strangler.  There are no revelations and there are no intriguing new theories.  There is just a fictional plot about what real people probably didn’t say behind closed doors.  In 1964, Albert De Salvo confessed to being the infamous Boston Strangler.  Since his death, it has been determined that there were multiple killers and his confession has been discounted.  Based on this, writer/director Michael Feifer has made a movie that suggests the rather mundane and uninteresting motive of money for his false confession.


The writing is poor and the acting is worse, with more fake Boston accents than you can shake a stick at.  The movie looks like it was directed by a film student who has yet to graduate, and there is an annoying abundance of windows which always end up as a blown-out white blob that takes up half of the screen.


In the more darkly lit scenes, it is abundantly clear that the movie was shot on video.  In the lighter scenes there is perhaps more detail than you might want to see of several aging actors’ faces.  And there’s something about the motion that doesn’t look quite right.  All of this; packaged in a 16:9 screen.  The sound was all recorded on location, which resulted in some audible echoes, undesirably loud ambient sounds, and the occasional intruding room tone.


The only extra features on the disc are a trailer that at least accurately reflects the quality of the film, and a commentary track that reveals the filmmakers to be about as irritating as the people who talk during a movie in the theater.


In the concluding paragraph I usually try to think of who might enjoy a film, despite any flaws it may have.  In this case, however, I have drawn a blank.  If the friends and family of the filmmakers can somehow get around owning a copy of this movie, they would be better off to do so.


For more on the better Richard Fleischer/Tony Curtis film version of story, try this link:





-   Matthew Carrick


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