I'm a true crime insomniac. I watch true crime documentaries at bedtime - mostly Bill Kurtis stuff and those shows in Investigation Discovery.
This is a true crime documentary. But it gave me nightmares. Most of the shows I watch are about the mystery or the forensics. This film seemed to glorify the horrific acts themselves. The film opens with a letter from Fish describing in detail how he murdered and ate the recipient's 10 year old daughter. I tried to watch for a while more, but it was too horrifying and too sad. If what you are looking for is true horror, rather than true crime, this is your film.
It's an interesting case study in an absolutely horrific crime and in the man behind the crime. Narrated by the amazing Tony Jay, this is a deep dive into trying to sort out what made Albert Fish who he was. Unfortunately, you'll have to sit through far too much of the king of all edgelords, Joe Coleman, ruminate on topics he has absolutely no background in, and it severely muddles an otherwise interesting documentary.
I don't agree with the reviewer that stated this gave him nightmares, he must've never seen "The Girl Next Door" which is also based on a true story.That was much worse than this. With that being said this guy was a nut job, to the fullest extent of nut jobbery(joke). It's much too crazy to be real and it is. This man actually existed, long before Jeffery Dahmer, Katherine Knight were even born. He looked like someones Grandfather living up the street from you're house selling candy. This documentary did an excellent job reacting Albert Fish's crimes. The narrators voice was also a nice touch.
This is the creepiest, most grotesque documentary I have ever seen. I thought it was well done. I mean, it's hard to write a "positive" review about sensationalizing a monster, but that is not what they are doing here really. They are really trying to educate us on the psyche of a mad man and I think it's beneficial for mothers to watch stuff like this. Not to make them overly paranoid to the point of smothering their kids, but to make them more aware that these people are walking the streets. One particularly grizzly "touch" if you will, was how they found a narrator to do the Albert Fish actual(?) "musings" aloud and in this super creepy voice that just made your skin crawl.
Yes, this is a very graphic description of Albert Fish and his life. It's hard as humans to even want to be aware of these atrocities, however they are the reality of the human condition, if not discussed they are not addressed. The film is done well. My only criticism is the interview with the Odd Auditorium owner. These interviews really dumb down the documentary in my opinion. Once again, this involves children, sadomasochistic, and cannibalism behavior. This can trigger trauma for some individuals, so do be aware of that if choosing to watch.
This is a well done documentary that focuses on first-person accounts and is clearly well-researched. Good production value. You can get much of the same info from the Wikipedia entry, but this has great narration and additional information and analysis.
Fish is a truly evil and deplorable human, so note that this has graphic and disturbing details throughout. NOT for children. Interesting for fans of true crime with a strong stomach.
What a nice old man. Ugh. The innocence of the era made a perfect hunting ground. I wasn't surprised by Fish's confession of abducting colored children; which, in my opinion, had to number in the hundreds due to his long, twisted career.
A fascinating documentary about one of America's most evil - and least known - serial killers. Great archival footage and pics, and the filmmaking team did an excellent job telling Fish's horrific story. I find the psychology of persons such as Fish and other psychopathic killers to be fascinating - especially in developing profiles of these monsters so that police (the FBI, in particular) can hunt, track, and capture these people and bring them to justice.