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Not Rated | | Horror | 6 October 2007 (USA)
A documentary by two desperate young filmmakers who stumble upon the ultimate subject, a 33 year old cannibalistic serial killer named Anthony McAllister, who has agreed to let them ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Anthony Alviano Anthony Alviano ... Anthony McAlistar
Jean-Marc Fontaine Jean-Marc Fontaine ... The Restaurant Manager
Paul Fowles ... Merle - Missing Child's Father
Shane Harbinson Shane Harbinson ... Det. Ken Walby
Roger King Roger King ... Tony Prince - Radio Host
Kelly McIntosh Kelly McIntosh ... Rebecca Stapleton (as Kelly MacIntosh)
Brad Mittelman Brad Mittelman ... Simon Sullivan
John Terranova John Terranova ... John Vierra
Vik Sahay ... Dr. Hooshangi
Barbara Walsh Barbara Walsh ... Lucy the Prostitute
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Al Bernstein Al Bernstein ... Newscaster
Phyllis Cooper Phyllis Cooper ... Anthony's Mom
Anita de Yonge Anita de Yonge ... Reporter
Nathan Hynes Nathan Hynes ... Nathan Hynes
Niki Landau Niki Landau ... Newscaster
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A documentary by two desperate young filmmakers who stumble upon the ultimate subject, a 33 year old cannibalistic serial killer named Anthony McAllister, who has agreed to let them document every aspect of his horrifically violent life-style. Initially terrified, the filmmakers get to know Anthony as a person. They even begin to identify with his ecological and philosophical justifications for his cannibalistic lifestyle. It's only when they investigate further that the filmmakers begin to doubt Anthony's accounts of his past. Tensions noticeably rise as the filmmakers continue to confront Anthony on his conflicting stories and ever-changing philosophies. During an awkward interview, the filmmakers interview Merle, the father of a young girl who was abducted and never found. This abduction was Anthony's first child victim. Merle welcomes them into his home and gives them a heart-felt experience that even Anthony is touched by. As the documentary reaches its conclusion Anthony begins ... Written by Alex Jordan

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Two desperate filmmakers began a documentary about a cannibalistic-serial killer. What follows is their actual footage.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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CAD 250,000 (estimated)
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If Nothing Else, A Phenomenal Display of Practical Effects
7 April 2010 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Two young directors film the hunt and butchering of a prostitute by a local cannibal serial killer. This is interspersed with footage of a grieving parent, a psychologist and a detective. How will the story unfold?

There are some minor complaints to be made. For example, the cannibal (Anthony Alviano) seems younger and nerdier than expected, which took away some of the realism. The same for the police officer (Shane Harbinson) -- seemed very young, but presented himself very professionally. A fine actor, he easily could have passed for a real cop.

The radio DJ (Roger King) was the strongest and best-written role. His words were well-scripted and well-spoken, and the way his scenes book-cased the film really worked well. The film would have been good without him, but this pushed it from good to very good... perhaps almost great.

I appreciate the argument made that "how can it be wrong if it tastes so good?" This is reasonable. God or nature has made edible things palatable -- we learn what to eat by whether or not our taste buds enjoy it. If man was created tasting good, something would seem to be supposed to eat it. Why not other men? (There are moral questions here, of course, but at the very least, why do we not eat the flesh of those who have died?)

More than anything else, I have to call attention to the very good use of effects on the corpse... very, very good. The body contained skin, flesh, meat, guts, bones... I do not know how this was accomplished, but it may be the greatest corpse effect in movie-making history. I believe this honor belongs to Chris Bridges, who has been involved in the field for over a decade on a number of notable projects.

I would endorse this film. It is an interesting faux documentary, and with the work of Chris Bridges, it may have you doing a double-take. Did they use a real body? It is almost too difficult to be sure.


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