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Albert Fish
Albert Fish
Actors: Tony Jay, Oto Brezina, Derek Gaspar, Cooney Horvath
Director: John Borowski
Genres: Horror, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2007     1hr 26min

ALBERT FISH tells the horrific true story of a sadomasochistic cannibal and serial killer, who lured children to their deaths in Depression-era New York City. Elderly but still deadly, Fish distorted biblical tales by taki...  more »


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Actors: Tony Jay, Oto Brezina, Derek Gaspar, Cooney Horvath
Director: John Borowski
Genres: Horror, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Horror, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 03/27/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Steven H. (sehamilton) from BIRMINGHAM, AL
Reviewed on 11/15/2009...
Although I gave this 3 stars, this is not a film I can say I liked or enjoyed. Extremely graphic, gruesome and disturbing. This is not a film for children or for anyone with a weak stomach. Fish's brutality defies description. What perversion did he not engage in? That children were his victims makes the story all the more appalling. I found this difficult to sit through. Watch at your own risk.
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This is NOT a horror movie, but a documentary
Aaron Burckhardt | usa | 04/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw this at a website and thought id give it a try. I wasnt sure if it was a 'horror' film and had an actor and showed what he did, or if it was a documentary. The best way to describe this is that it would be an uncut documentary from TLC or court tv, maybe even from Unsolved Mysteries Its a bunch of photos of him and his victims, along with some footage from that time period, along with a guy that runs a museum of weird collectable(fishs confession) and a psychologist. Obviously a lot of this stuff is disturbing, but its not really a gory movie. The bloodiest is when he whips a boy and himself. Theres even scenes of meat in an oven and being cut, but its no different then normal things.
I would definetely recommend this if your interested in him"
Albert Fish~ Graphic~ Grosse~ Vivid Details~ still interesti
M. Lung | Indiana | 05/21/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"PLOT: detailed and EXTREMELY graphic gory details in this DVD should have an MATURE rating for this reason ~ ALBERT FISH is a older man who's skills of blending in make him the perfect killer who goes one more step~ he CONSUMES HIS VICTIMS~

Albert Fish is one of Americas earliest serial killers~ who stalked, tortured KILLED and often consumed his victims from 1920- 1930s~ mainly in New York. We learn several things from this DVD~ 1. Fish was abused as a child from which he learned to gain sexual pleasure from it~ 2. he had Psychosis which allowed him to lead a quiet life~ inbetween his killing episodes~ 3. he has a history and family history of RELIGIOUS FANATIC PSYCHOSIS~ INCLUDING AN UNCLE WHICH often resulted in self flogging and other perverted self mutilation~ The director use of re inactment of his crimes is very good but the OVER use of the images of self flogging are WAY over done~ but we see the over all very disturbed mind of Fish. FISH finds his victims mainly in the Newspapers with the pretense of needing farm hands~ mostly boys~ they are taken to far off places and tortured killed and often consumed~ MOVING from place to place~ TO 20 OR MORE TIMES IN 20 YEARS adds to the lack of suspects. FISH RAISED HIS OWN 6 CHILDREN who claimed he did not abuse him. One child stands out A LITTLE GIRL GRACE who Fish gains the confidence of the Parents and removes her to the county and abandoned house and GRACE IS TORTURED KILLED AND CONSUMED BY FISH~ Fish also WRITES FANATIC "NUTTY" LETTERS TO THE PARENTS OF HIS VICTIMS describing both the death and his motives. He also has letters to PARENTS OF CHILDREN HE WANTED TO KILL BUT the Parents supervised them too well and thwarted Fishes "schemes" so his endless NUTTY fantatic letter give us a VIEW and sick movities of why Fish kills. DETECTIVE KING leaves no stone unturned in the search to find the missing GRACE but years pass and a "planted story" in the Gossip Column of Walter Winchell puts GRACE back in the public focus and again FISH IS DRIVEN TO WRITE ANOTHER LETTER TO HER MOTHER AND THIS TIME THERE IS A CLUE ON THE ENVELOPE and good solid detective work leads KING to an nearly empty apartment and simply waits for FISH to come get his mail and he is captured~ I give this DVD a 7 out of 10 for very good re inactments of FISH and his crimes but WAY over use of Fish flogging himself over and over~ it distracts from the plot but it does EXPLAIN the VIEW into the mind of FISH~
the special FEATURES has a great INTERVIEW BY KATHERINE RAMSLAND PHD. who gives a wonderful explaination of the DIFFERENCE between legal instanity and psychosis in both the medical and legal sense. AND how psychosis drove FISH and allow him to plan scheme and carry out his crimes and yet lead a typical quiet life and avoid detection for about 20 years worth the DVD cost for this~


Another great film by John Borowski
J. Hiles | Sabina, OH USA | 03/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Back in 2004 while doing a radio interview with director John Borowski, I first heard of his desire to make an Albert Fish movie. Now, 3 years later, I get to see it. Finally. I've been waiting for a while to see this flick. Was it worth the wait? Read on...

For starters, this movie has the same narrator as John's HH Holmes film, Tony Jay. He's got a really good deep creepy voice (sadly, he passed away shortly after narrating this film). The sound is great, the camera work is great, and all in all, it's a really good documentary.

So..on to the movie.

The flick starts out with the Grace Budd kidnapping and murder. I don't know where the movie was shot, but it looks like it was filmed in the 30's. The show goes pretty in depth about the Budd murder, even as far as showing the actual letter that Fish sent to the Budd family, that is considered to be the sickest letter ever written. The letter itself is now in artist Joe Coleman's "Odditorium" collection. The story of how he came to get it is pretty cool. I wish I could have the same luck as he did.

After the Budd murders and Fish's arrest the show goes on to tell about Fish's childhood & life up until the murders. It also goes pretty in depth on the letters he would send to random women from the want ad's, giving a good insight into the sick mind that he had.

The one thing that I really didn't like about the movie was the voice used for Fish. The actor that plays him does a fine job, but the voice over actor for his voice just didn't seem to fit. The voice used seems like a younger guy. I always pictured fish to have a creepy Vincent Price-ish voice. But all in all, it doesn't distract from the quality of the film.

The DVD also has some great bonus features. Including interviews with the band Macabre's lead singer, French cannibal and grave robber Nicolas Claux, and a behind the scenes interview with the film-maker John Borowski. Also included are trailers for the film, a breakdown of Joe Coleman's Albert Fish painting, a complete reading of the Budd & Gaffney letters, a still gallery, outtakes and cut scenes, and a live performance of Albert Was Worse Than Any Fish In The Sea by Macabre. The first 1000 DVD's sold include a signed (by the filmmaker) and numbered X-Ray of Albert Fish showing all the needles he inserted into his groin.

This is the first time I've seen a documentary on Albert Fish anywhere, and it does him justice. As innocent and frail as Fish looked in many of the photos you see of him, John's film shows him to be an extremely creepy man. Kinda like that weird guy you see walking through town, the guy that makes you want to walk on the other side of the street...

On a scale of one to ten, I'd give this show a 9. Had the voice-over been different, it would very well be a 10.

For the bonus features, they get a 9 as well. I was kinda let down during the interview with Nico. I've heard other interviews with him and he speaks English very well, but in the interview he talks in French and it's subtitled in English. Either way, the bonus features are just as good as the movie.