The Greasy Strangler
Directed by Jim Hosking
Ronnie runs a Disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love. It also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night.
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★★★★ review by Alice Bishop on Letterboxd
In a film destined to become a cult classic, we are presented with a mickey-take of the very essence of comedy, soap opera, and horror. The Greasy Strangler is a satire of cinema itself and it’s made for a niche audience who are willing to see past expectation and tradition in a movie that is, for all intents and purposes, a completely competent family drama. The formalities of ‘good’ cinema are always present in The Greasy Strangler, even when the costumes, characters, and dialogue are as aberrant as they could possibly be and, if the Crayola sets and outfits aren’t enough to astound you, then Jim Hosking’s reinvention of what it means to interact are bound to leave you open-mouthed.
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★★★½ review by laird on Letterboxd
Tim & Eric's Napoleon Dynamite (both better and worse than that sounds for all of the reasons one would expect). Will alienate 98% of the human population with its forceful weirdness, but I'm in that 2% that appreciates that this exists as 100% unfiltered irritainment. I hope that 2% finds this, they're gonna love it!
Warning: The odd cadence of the dialogue in this movie has a narcotic effect.
★★★★★ review by Cropsy on Letterboxd
This movie was everything I wanted it to be. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. So crude, offensive, and perfect.
★★★½ review by Matt Thomas on Letterboxd
Although this is trying a little too hard to achieve cult status it probably, nevertheless, still will. Harking back to the best/worst of John Walters this has shades of The Mad Butcher too. Gross, funny, macabre, willfully nasty and knowingly off the wall. Some proper WTF moments too. The prosthetics along will haunt you - both big and small...
★★★★ review by Tom Morton on Letterboxd
The first hour of this is so wildly, ridiculously funny and disgusting that I found myself starting to think of the best way to tell people that it was my new favourite film of the year without outing myself as a ridiculous idiot. For some reason I kind of expected this to have a Troma-esque vibe but it doesn't at all - if anything the comedic stylings are more like a cross between Napoleon Dynamite and Trailer Park Boys, but with 8,000% more gratuitous nudity than either, or than pretty much anything else, really. Throw in the fact that one of the main characters looks like something from one of Vic Reeves' dreams and you have... The Greasy Strangler.
Somewhere in the last act, this crosses a line and gets a little bit TOO cruel towards one of its characters for my liking, but it's such a bizarre and entertaining experience that I can't hold too much against it - in fact, it's probably for the best that this did eventually offend me a little, as otherwise I'd be fearing for my own soul.
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