SYNOPSIS (taken and edited from imdb.com):
Boston Strangler: The Untold Story is a true-crime thriller about Albert De Salvo, a wise cracking, small time criminal with
an unrelenting sex drive, who falsely confesses to being the strangler that wreaked havoc in Boston during the early sixties.
Guided by his manipulative cell mate, who knows more about the murders than he reveals, they devise a plan to gain all of
the notoriety from the killings and the money from the reward. Meanwhile, Detective John Marsden, searches out the truth certain
that they were not committed by one man.
ANALYSIS: THE BOSTON STRANGLER: THE UNTOLD STORY would have been a much better film if someone other than david Faustino
was cast as Albert DeSalvo. I was thinking too much of him as Bud Bundy still. Then the other misstep is I would have loved
to see more Detective Marsden (Andrew Divoff who is the best thing in the film) and his struggles to solve the case (and fight
the powers-that-be that wouldn't listen).
The audio commentary with actor David Faustino, Writer/Director Michael Feifer, Composer Andres Boulton, and Editor Roberto
Jiminez realte stories about the production, casting, Faustino's internet and book research, and the real case. Ultimately,
The low budget and quick production schedule hamper the film. I think if they tackled the subject half as well as David Fincher's
ZODIAC did on the Zodiac, this would have been a great film. Maybe in the end, I just didn't see anything redeeming in Albert
DeSalvo and his faulty plan for fame (and money). Also seeing DeSalvo like Joe Pesci doesn't help either. Focusing more
on Marsden would have made the film better.
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