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10 Oct 2016

Home Video Review: 'The Greasy Strangler' Is Absurd, Disgusting and Weird

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Sky Elobar and Michael St. Michael in The Greasy Strangler. Sky Elobar and Michael St. Michael in The Greasy Strangler.

The Greasy Strangler is a totally bonkers film that plays out like something that would result when David Lynch meets John Waters.

Grouchy old man Big Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels, who once played a security guard on Diff’rent Strokes) and his weird son (Sky Elobar) conduct disco tours in which they lie to tourists about where the Bee Gees wrote their music.

In the evenings, however, the grouchy old man just might be the Greasy Strangler, a dude covered in grease (in part due to the food he eats) who strangles people. Things become complicated when Big Ronnie takes a liking to his son’s girlfriend, resulting in a lot of full frontal nudity from all members of the cast.

First-time director Jim Hosking traffics in a sort of absurdist humor that won’t be appreciated by everyone. But for those who like their movies weird, he’s serving up a smorgasbord. It’s also really disgusting, with lots of grease, farts and eyeball consumption.

If you are a fan of cult films like The Dark Backward, you will eat this up. If you don’t like your comedies weird and gross, stay far, far away.

The Greasy Strangler is available for rent on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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