Sometimes you read about an actor being cast in a role and you wonder what the hell the filmmakers were thinking. For example, when I read there was a new movie about the infamous Boston Strangler starring David Faustino, best known as Bud Bundy on “Married With Children”, I immediately thought we were all being punk’d. Nope, it’s for real.
Michael Feifer’s The Boston Strangler is an intense true-crime thriller about Albert De Salvo, a wise cracking, small time criminal with an unrelenting sex drive, who ultimately falsely confesses to being the strangler that wreaked havoc in Boston during the early sixties. Guided by his manipulative cell mate, who knows more about the murders than he reveals, they devise a plan to gain all of the notoriety from the killings and the money from the reward. Meanwhile, Detective John Marsden, searches out the truth certain that they were not committed by one man. Fighting the bureaucracy of the day, Marsden lets his emotions get the best of him as he follows the trail of the murders.
Ah, I see now. Faustino, all 5’3″ of him, isn’t playing the actual Boston Strangler – just the guy that confessed to the crimes who many to this day doubt was the real killer. Okay; that I can swallow. Kind of funny that the guy who played Bud Bundy would get cast in this role; if you look up a photo of the real-life Albert De Salvo you’ll see he looks a bit like a younger Ed O’Neil.
Filmmaker Michael Feifer is no stranger to making movies about true-life killers as he’s previously brought us Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield and Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck. He’s also no stranger to odd casting choices; he did cast “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” star Corin Nemec as mass murderer Richard Speck, after all. Corin Nemec will also be co-starring alongside Grandstrangler B in The Boston Strangler, as will the great Andrew Divoff in the Detective Marsden role.
Movies Unlimited lists The Boston Strangler as hitting DVD shelves on July 22nd. They do no list what, if any, extras will be included or even what company is releasing the DVD. More than likely Lionsgate since they’ve released Feifer’s last couple films.
Now can I get a “Whoa, Bundy!”?
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