The Hillside Strangler (2004)
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as Kenneth Bianchi
as Angelo Buono
as Claire Shelton
as Jenny Buono
as Jenny Buono
as Felicia Waller
as Frances Bianchi
as Janice Cooley
as Christina Chavez
Critic Reviews for The Hillside Strangler
A garishly slick piece of exploitation with surprisingly high production values but nary a moment of suspense.
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.
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.
Another repulsive, fetishistic trawl through the life and crimes of a serial killer.
Here's one for the Sick Voyeurs Club.
Audience Reviews for The Hillside Strangler
I thought this movie was done right! It is especially good if you know the true story. The acting was way above average and contains strong violent moments that are sometimes hard to watch. Check out the creepy song during the end credits by Earthlings!
A sometimes hard to watch film which maintains a lurid, gloating tone, The Hillside Strangler certainly isn't Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. There's no real insight here, no depth; the film exists simply to shock as much as possible, but without much success. For instance, the constant use of the word 'cunt', seemingly every five minutes, just becomes wearying and downright depressing. The way that sex, or as is often the case, rape, is equated with brutal violence (Kenneth confesses he almost came in his pants during his first murder), isn't handled with any real subtlety. Chuck Parello is presumably attempting to show the reality of the events so it's odd that although the sexual elements are quite explicit the actual violence itself is almost entirely off screen. Good performances from C. Thomas Howell (who hasn't aged at all well from his Hitcher days) and Nicholas Turturro, and the occasional inspired moment - such as a scene shot in false perceptive or one overlaid with superimposition - keep things interesting. The most interesting moment in the film is undoubtedly the dinner scene with Kenneth, Angelo and Angelo's mother - a genuinely shocking and illuminating moment in a film which has precious few.
It?s hard to believe from watching this film that this is the same actor, who warmed our hearts as Ponyboy Curtis in ?The Outsiders?. A much more realistic look into the murders committed by serial killer cousins; Ken Bianchi and Antonio Buono , known infamously during the period of investigation as ?The Hillside Strangler?. Perhaps the most explicit of the true crime serial killer films as sex was very significant to the pair before and during their reign of terror.
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