The Hillside Strangler Reviews
While true crime and murder stories do and can work, this one feels like they just through their hands up in the air and said, "Fuck it, if you want sleaze we've got sleaze!"
The basic premise of a young obviously mentally unstable person being manipulated and controlled by a much more dominate and sadistic person is a good one. Seeing a person with violent tendencies slowly morph into a full on psycho has potential, yet they rarely take advantage of it. Now there are bits in here that do have a charm in the way other brutal crime movies also have, but they are few and far between.
It just goes to show that family can be the most influential aspect of life. Wither or nor that's a good thing depends on the family.
C Thomas Howell and Nicholas Tuturro do try with their roles but the whole thing is soo unpleasant thats you reallly which the filmakers hadnt bothered making the film.
It feels sleazy and has nothing to say about the plight of the victims and their families it just seems to say wow look at how reppellent these guys are.
A film with no redeeming features which belongs in a dustbin.
This is a terrible movie..I can only assume the filmmakers were going for a Grindhouse homage which would be okay,but it even fails at that.
However, it does keep you interested until the end.
The movie jumps around a bit and isn't very clear at times but the story line continues to grow throughout it. Seems quite realistic but sketchy at times. Indeed graphic and appalling at times but in good judge of character for most of it.