Career-wise, no one really stands to benefit from the film, with the exception of Turturro, who shows he's ready for bigger cinematic opportunities.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Dumbed down and sexed up, 'Hillside' cashes in on the overtly lurid aspects of the murders while giving short shrift to the more interesting psychological aspects of the case.
Feels very cheesy due to its awkward, period-style acting and directing. But it's also chillingly informative.
Here's one for the Sick Voyeurs Club.
| Original Score: 1/4
| Original Score: 2/5
This relentlessly unpleasant film documents the true story of cousins whose murder spree in late 1970's Los Angeles was at first attributed to a lone killer known as the Hillside Strangler.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Another repulsive, fetishistic trawl through the life and crimes of a serial killer.
| Original Score: 0/4
A good horse kick, or a fistful of Valium, may help you get through this relentlessly sadistic exercise with your soul more or less intact.
A garishly slick piece of exploitation with surprisingly high production values but nary a moment of suspense.
| Original Score: 1/5
Sordid and sleazy, although the lead performances are hard to fault.
| Original Score: 7/10
Parello's deadpan re-creation of the stranglers' repellent war on women is all the more chilling for being so matter-of-fact, and cinematographer John Pirozzi flawlessly evokes the grit-and-grime look of low-budget '70s crime films.
| Original Score: 3/5