Last Friday I saw a film on the Chiller Channell that I spent the next four days raving to Mum about. The day after that Matt found it at Bookmans’ and had them hold it until we had the money to buy it. We paid what we felt was a tad much for a used DVD, $12 US. It is worth every penny though.
The story was chilling, the sets and costumes were perfect for the era, 1928-32, I fell in love with the cars and the sets. All those high-ceilinged rooms, with ice boxes, hand-tatted lace and those beautiful old radios.
The characters were all believable, and so three dimenbsional, from the main character- the infamous child-killer and cannibal, Albert Fish, to the police officers at the missing persons bureau. The actor who portrayed Albert Fish was amazing, he could say something as simple as “I’m starving.” and send chills down your spine.
Individual scenes stand out, like the one when Albert Fish kidnaps Grace Budd, everything else, people, clothes, buildings, streets, even the light seems greyed and dirty, except for the ill-fated Grace, clad in her snowy, pristine Confirmation Dress, with perfectly white hat, gloves, stockings and shoes.
Later, Albert is seen cutting a piece of meat from Grace’s remains and sniffs it in a transport of gustatory delight. The actor portraying Albert Fish manages to make a cheerful old man whstling as he worked as a labourer, and buying candy for neighbours’ children someone utterly terrifying, to the point his voice alone can send chills down your spine.
Everyone from the producers to the behind-the-scenes-that-aren’t-listed people did excellent jobs. This is a film that can be watched more than once and you will see things with subsequent viewings that you missed before that make the film one worth buying.