“The Greasy Strangler” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

8 November, 2016

Director: Jim Hosking
Screenwriters: Toby Harvard, Jim Hosking
Director of Photography: Mårten Tedin
Cast: Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar

Synopsis: A father and son find their already dysfunctional relationship severely tested after getting mixed up in a bizarre love triangle. As tensions rise at home, the old man seeks solace in dark places by covering himself in grease and murdering the locals.

Greasy Strangler Review:

“The Greasy Strangler” is a film so blunt about the ridiculousness of social convention that it can be an absolute mind-warp to sit through. The level of skill and innovation that goes into turning awfulness into art is completely dumbfounding in this movie. It’s a masterpiece of ‘bad’ cinema set in a colourful parallel universe where everyone is a B-movie enigma of chub, sag, hair, and grease. It’s unsightly material and yet still, in all its awfulness, a perfectly capable piece of filmmaking.

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.

As bizarre as it seems on the surface, “The Greasy Strangler” is a film constructed around the many oddities of real life. Home squabbles, private parts, bathroom breaks, and sexual tension are a part of our daily lives and yet we hide the truth behind our clothes, words, and actions. Politeness is a falsehood, along with the many euphemisms that we incorporate into our everyday speech, and it takes a movie of severe eccentricity to see that human beings are perhaps the strangest creatures on earth.


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