Film Review: THE GREASY STRANGLER (2016)

Film Review: THE GREASY STRANGLER (2016)

Jul 6, 2018

Writer/Director Jim Hosking brought one of the weirdest movies ever together a couple years back. Sadly, it completely fell off of my radar until I saw that it was streaming on Amazon two weeks ago.

So…yeah…after a few days of quoting the film to people that had never heard of it, I realized that a strange obsession was growing within. I knew I had to get to the internet and compare some BD prices. I found the best deal from an eBay seller offering up a UK import, so my region free player would surely come in handy here.

Anyway The Greasy Strangler is like the worst movie ever…which somehow makes it the greatest movie ever. It is so so stupid that it is impossible to look away from. Just imagine Napoleon Dynamite’s family and friends growing up together, deciding to run disco walking tours, and killing some people every once in awhile. The absurd dialogue is torn from the pages of the most stupidly sarcastic films ever made. I liken its modern day horror counterpart to be in the realm of Bag Boy Lover Boy; so unless you hate the two previously mentioned films, I suggest you check out this greasy mess.

Furthermore, the music and gore effects, like the writing of the plot and dialogue, are so over-the-top and tongue-in-cheek that you will find yourself on edge, waiting to see what insanity they are going to give you next. It is obvious here that the filmmakers knew the best way to make a bad horror movie was to make fun of themselves while doing it. The music alone sets an unforgettable tone reminding the audience that this is supposed to be an absurd experience through and through.

In the end, the ridiculous plot cleans itself up too easily with a conclusion that is almost inexplicable. All of this, of course, means…well nothing. The pros and the cons are the same things in this film. It guarantees to be one of the dumbest movies you’ve ever seen, all the while maintaining its status as one of the greatest cult films of its time. Everything that makes it bad makes it great, and vice versa. I highly recommend that you at least give this film a chance on Amazon; but I warn you, you will probably want to buy it soon after.