The Untold Story

Director: Danny Lee and Herman Yau
Year Released: 1992
Rating: 1.5

Real life tale of a man who killed a restaurant owner and his children in Macau, took over their restaurant, and then used the bodies as food to sell to the customers (he dumped the non-edible parts in the ocean). Shocking and true, of course, though the film's intent is up for debate: it exploits the dead by gleefully reenacting their horrific dismemberment, mocks the idea of cannibalism and portrays the killer and the police as goofy caricatures - Dahmer's life filmed by a witless band of Monty Python wannabes. The attempt - in act three - to add some substance to the film by having the audience sympathize with the pathetic killer isn't developed enough to have an impact - or validate the scenes of rape or children being beheaded - which makes me wonder what more talented and less bloodthirsty hands could have done with the idea (e.g. McNaughton's Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer).