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16 September 2004 (USA) See more »
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In 1988, Chris Bryson was found running down a Kansas City street naked, beaten, and bloody wearing nothing but a dog collar and a leash... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

James Ellroy ... Himself, author
Roger Coleman ... Himself, reverend
Albert Reiderer ... Himself, former prosecutor
Troy Cole ... Himself, retired sergeant
Tom Moss ... Himself, retired officer
Karen Blakeman ... Herself, reporter, Kansas City Times
Tom Jackman ... Himself, reporter
Robert Berdella ... Himself (archive footage)
James McKinley ... Himself, reporter (as Jim McKinley)
Marilyn Richardson ... Herself, doctor
Kevin Kelly ... Himself, florist
Barbara Rues ... Herself, hairdresser
Rick Flavell ... Himself
Chris Bryson ... Himself
Pat Herrington ... Himself, auto mechanic
Skid Roadie ... Himself, radio personality
Monty Altermann ... Himself, private investigator
David Hatutian ... Himself, real estate appraiser
Sal Rubinero ... Himself, food disposal technician

Christopher Leo ... Robert A. 'Bob' Berdella
Justin Daniels ... Chris Bryson

Bryce Morrow ... Jerry Howell
Will Krause ... Robert Sheldon / The Demon Dogs Band
Jeremy Cox ... Mark Wallace
Matt Schmidt ... Walter Ferris
Dan Harding ... Todd Stoops
Tom Franklin ... Larry Pearson
Rick Dodderidge
Joanna Stone (as JoAnna Stone)
Chris Heckadon ... Prosecutor Hall
Andrew Holmes

Grant James ... Sergeant Troy Cole
John LaPorta ... Officer Emedio DiPietropolo
Grant Pendergraft
Barbara Spring ... The Court Reporter
David Thompson ... The Asst. Prosecutor
Mike Viola ... The Big Guy
Zaina Ali ... The Demon Dogs Band
Bill Gladden ... The Demon Dogs Band
Doug Kenworthy ... The Demon Dogs Band

Benjamin Meade ... The Demon Dogs Band
Sib ... The Demon Dogs Band (as SIB)
David Smith ... The Demon Dogs Band
Shea McCall ... The Demon Dogs Band
John White ... The Demon Dogs Band

Directed by
Benjamin Meade 
 
Produced by
James Ellroy .... executive producer
Benjamin Meade .... producer
Dianna Meade .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
The Alloy Orchestra 
Bill Gladden and the Demon Dogs 
Nace Brothers 
Bill Gladden 
 
Cinematography by
J. Michael Adams 
Monica Espinosa 
Benjamin Meade 
Bill Pryor 
 
Film Editing by
Benjamin Meade 
Scott Sousa (additional editing) (TV Version) (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Susan Lawlor .... graphics designer
 
Sound Department
Bill Gladden .... sound designer
 
Special Effects by
Jeff Sisson .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
Derek Kilgore .... visual effects producer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Nez .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Ben Digman .... production assistant
Jason Nez .... production assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"Bazaar Bizarre: The Strange Case of Serial Killer Bob Berdella" - USA (long title)
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Runtime:
USA:80 min | USA:79 min
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Trivia:
A municipal judge in Kansas City used to put transient youth in Berdella's protective custody for drug rehabilitation and referred to him as "Dr. Berdella".See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Mediocre and a bit out of touch, 6 April 2005
Author: brokenhatespiral from Kansas City, MO

I attended a screening of Bazaar Bizarre last night at the Glenwood Arts Theatre. Filmmaker Benjamin Meade was there to introduce the short film, which runs 86 minutes. As a Kansas Citian who used to buy stuff at Berdella's shop (much to my disgust), I'd been looking forward to seeing the movie for quite a long time.

It's OK. But that's about as far as I'd take it.

The good: Ellroy is always a stitch. His unapologetic lack of sympathy for Berdella is entertaining and even enlightening as he discusses the general MO and predilections of serial killers.

Most of the re-enactments are fine and pretty well filmed and acted -- a rarity for this type of movie. The gore is also pretty impressively convincing, largely because the footage has been artificially aged and damaged. I was surprised that the production values easily outshine some much higher-budget films, such as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Now, whether the re-enactments amount to anything more than voyeurism is up to you. The chili-cooking scene in particular doesn't really do much for me, either as comedy or as documentary. It's one of the most highly speculative (and I think improbable) parts of Berdella lore.

The most valuable passages of the movie are undoubtedly the interviews with Berdella himself, as well as with the cops, prosecutors and Kansas City Star and Times reporters involved in uncovering the man's horrific misdeeds. Berdella was an absolute jerk as well as a murderer, and his repugnant personality comes through loud and clear. An interview with the only known surviving victim seems promising, but it really doesn't allow much insight. The man, now grown, stays in the shadows and describes his experiences with the detachment of a longtime drug addict who's undergone so many tortures that none of them stands out any longer.

The bad: The movie is really a mess from a structural standpoint. Meade jumps around his time line, which makes absolutely no difference. But he's strung his bits together with some truly embarrassing music videos by an absolutely execrable "rock" band singing vacuous, trite songs about Berdella. I'm sorry, but Meade obviously has absolutely no feeling for contemporary culture if he could center his film so fundamentally on this band's work.

Another clue and Meade isn't quite as up on what's au currant: Before the screening, he pretentiously declared that his movie would have trouble being exhibited -- probably receiving an NC-17 -- because it features male frontal nudity.

Uh, Mr. Meade, do you not GO to movies? Did you see Sideways? Did you see Kinsey? The mainstream comedies EuroTrip or Super Troopers? Scary Movie, a blockbuster hit released in every city in America, where a man is shown being stabbed in the head BY AN ERECT PENIS? For crying out loud, did you see Porky's 20 years ago? Meade's statement is ridiculously ignorant and provincial.

The nudity in Bazaar Bizarre is not sexual. It's a guy in his 20s with a flabby gut, jumping off a roof and running across the street. The totality of the footage is perhaps ten seconds, almost all framed from fairly far away. It doesn't even amount to controversial.

The problem is NOT with male frontal nudity from an obscenity standpoint. I can name you 20 Hollywood movies with a penis for every one that actually shows female pubic hair, not to mention female genitalia.

In fact, I don't think I can remember a single major American film that's shown actual female genitals. Basic Instinct? Watch it again. The Center of the World? Requiem for a Dream? Gus Van Sant's Psyhco? Again, re-watch them. No, you're not seeing what you think you're seeing. This is the sort of sloppy claims of persecution that make artists look like whiny babies.

Anyhow, Bazaar Bizarre is what it is. Worth a Netflix rental when it comes out. I don't think I'd drive to see it in theaters.

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