The Hillside Strangler

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Released 2004

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The Hillside Strangler

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Director:
Chuck Parello
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
The case of the Hillside Strangler is one of the most unusual and gruesome in the annals of American crime. While most serial killers tend to work alone, the twisted criminal careers of Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi proved that evil can run in the family... and that when it comes to serial sex murder, two is far worse than one This shocking new film is based on the facts of the case. It begins in 1977, as young Kenny (C. Thomas Howell) is working as a security guard at a Rochester, N.Y department store, shaking down young ladies in his back "office." Looking for a way out of his dead-end life, he decides to make his way to sunny L.A. and visit his older cousin Angelo (Nick Turturro) who owns a thriving automobile upholstery business. Once Kenny arrives, Angelo wastes no time showing Kenny the sights and delights of his sleazy Hollywood lifestyle - he favors the young wayward girls, pornography and strip clubs. On one outing he even invites Kenny to join in a little romp with the local talent.moreless

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  • 50

    Variety Derek Elley

    Plays as a blackly comic slice of mock '70s-style exploitation that flirts with the viewer before applying its chokehold.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    A garishly slick piece of exploitation with surprisingly high production values but nary a moment of suspense.

  • 20

    The New York Times

    Relentlessly unpleasant film.

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    Drama, Horror

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    Slashers, Biography