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Meade also includes a campy musical montage featuring Berdella (played by local actor Chris Leo) gallivanting to the "Mellow Yellow" parody. The director re-creates scenes from each victim's horrendous experience. And he pays homage to various well-known conspiracy theories, including one that has Berdella creating countless Kansas City cannibals by cooking his victims into the chili he served at the Westport Flea Market.
In other words, the film is a fun, chaotic mess. But unfortunately, Meade cut a scene that might have helped viewers put the project into some kind of perspective.
An early edit of Bazaar Bizarre opened with a brief, monochromatic shot of Meade acting as if he were responding to an interviewer's question. The idea was for Meade to answer his critics before they could object.
"A friend of mine who's a film critic came up with a great term for documentaries," Meade says. "He calls them 'fuckumentaries' now, because he said the subject matter is still there, but now the film is more about the director's attitude toward the subject matter. They always have a point of view. You always get to see what the director wants you to see."
In this case, it's a piece of Kansas City history many people would rather ignore, told with all the subtlety of drive-in splatter flick.
If Bazaar Bizarre succeeds, if it lands a spot in the Sundance Film Festival's offbeat American Spectrum series, as Meade dearly hopes, the director knows he'll be bashed for exploiting Berdella's grisly murders for his own gain.