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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

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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
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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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USA:80 min | USA:79 min
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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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Proceed With Caution....But do Proceed, 29 January 2006
Author: cabrerahot69 from United States

Bazaar Bizarre is an attack on the subject matter of serial killing unlike any other. Defying all logical genre definition it plays out like a aural, visual, and physical meditation on the mental capacity that is required to enact crimes such as serial rape and murder. Society is quick to judge such acts. We are fast to condemn. There are times in Bazaar Bizarre that do this as well, but just as often it seems to ask us to slip into the mind of the killer, to see something that we may not want to. Is it poking fun with these sensory assaults, or unsettling the viewer even more with this skewed view of the world? I cannot say. There are no answers in this film, just questions.

The strange case of serial killer Bob Berdella began for authorities when a man was found running naked in the streets of Kansas City. Unable to talk, ass cheeks bloody, and wearing a dog collar and leash, this man spun a terrible tale. This was to begin unraveling a story that was as wondrously weird and hideous as they come. For days, the man had been being kept a prisoner in the home of a local man. Over these days he was repeatedly raped, tortured, and photographed. Drain cleaner had been injected into his vocal chords, and he was unable to speak clearly, but for slight as his voice may have become, his tale was as strong as any could be. He led officials to the house, and the peeling of the many layers of the life of Bob Berdella commenced.

Bob Berdella was the owner of a local shop that carried curios and oddball nick-knacks from all over the world. In Kansas City, if you wanted to purchase a shrunken head, Bob Berdella was the man to see. His shop was "Bob's Bizarre Bazaar". Need bone jewelry? Or maybe ask him to try some of his home made chili that he shared with other shop owners. Well maybe not...

Director Ben Meade also hails from in Kansas City, and there's something intimate about his look into the mind of this killer. Understandable, as Meade himself had come face to face with the killer at least once at his shop. Maybe it is this backyard proximity that allows Meade to pounce with such unflinching zeal on the topic. Aided with commentary and narration by James Ellroy, author of L.A. Confidential, both men constantly creep into and out of the mind of Berdella...Meade lulls the viewer into a feast for the eyes with stunningly awkward visuals, documentary montages with Berdella himself, and musical interludes that fixate upon the events and give the viewer a moment to collect his or her thoughts. Ellroy crashes in, here and there, with a gut punch of verbal realism. He is the sound voice of reason in the chaos. He speaks a true grit truth. He has no love, compassion, or empathy for Berdella. He lets this be known, unmistakably.

Meade has concocted a strange brew of a film. He has interviews with the aforementioned surviving victim, one with Berdella, and with people who were involved with the case and its media coverage. Meade mixes all of this in a fashion that is not locked into any format. Unlike other forays into serial killer docudramas, there is not a chronological time line. Instead, Meade allows the mind of the viewer to connect the dots themselves. A higher form of reward is earned in this manner, as people are asked to involve themselves and potentially become immersed within the framework of the film.

There are scenes in Bazaar Bizarre that are gruesome. Some of the exploits of Bob Berdella were not the type to be readily accepted by Mr. And Mrs. Middle America. The recreations tickle the edges of exploitation with a grainy realism. A well used attempt to blur the boundaries between the stock archival footage and staged magic of film. This forces the viewer to accept a more intimate arrangement with a very twisted mind. The exploits of Bob Berdella are not narrated over black and white stills. It is much more closer to us than that.

Bazaar Bizarre will not suit the taste of every one. It is a hybrid of experience and knowledge. We are taken to places and then given pause. The pace is one that allows for introspection, but at the same time if the viewer does not have a lot to bring to the intellectual table, they may find that this dance is a bit one sided. Berdella's story is not shown as a parable of humanity. There is no attempt to make him anything other than what he was.

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