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The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher (1979)

R | | Crime, Drama, Horror
Hollywood Strangler ("Johnathan Click") kills young models... Skid Row Slasher kills winos ... What will happen when they meet?

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(as Christopher Edwards)
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Carolyn Brandt ...
The Skid Row Slasher
Chuck Alford ...
Slasher Victim #1
Jim Parker ...
Slasher Victim #2
John Leeman ...
Slasher Victim #4
Denise Alford ...
Girl in Orange Shirt (Strangler Victim #6)
P.J. Parker ...
Streetwalker
Snowy Sinclair ...
Strangler Victim #2
Forrest Duke ...
Slasher Victim #3
Trish Mopes
Jean Roberts ...
Strangler Victim #5
Lori Morris ...
Strangler Victim #1
April Grant
Bonnie Smith ...
Strangler Victim #3
Joanne Hiatt ...
Strangler Victim #4
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A photographer cruises Hollywood and takes pictures of young models he then strangles. Meanwhile, a woman who works in a porno bookstore in downtown L.A. takes it upon herself to kill off the local derelicts. Soon the two killers meet up with each other. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Probably worthless schlock thats oddly compelling all the same
26 July 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher". The title alone doesn't exactly promise a masterpiece with layers of subtext and emotion. In fact, it doesn't exactly promise anything except for some grade-b schlock. Not even grade-b, this is crap all the way. Its poorly filmed, completely post-dubbed in the Doris Wishman fashion, and not even that good for unintentional laughs. This makes it all the stranger how oddly compelling it actually is. I can't exactly pin down its appeal, but I'll try.

For one, this is a grimy film. It looks washed out, hungover, and beat down. It has a garish and sleazy atmosphere, coupled with some great on location filming. In many ways, it resembles the sleaziest dens of both Hollywood and 42nd Street at the time. For fans of vintage exploitation grindhouse film-making, this is Heaven. It resembles an era long gone that we'll never be able to recapture (despite what Quentin Tarantino may think).

Also, this is a relentlessly downbeat and dark film. Ray Dennis Steckler is interesting, because he seems to have gotten more technically inept as he continued. "Incredibly Strange Creatures" had some good cinematography and atmosphere, and "The Thrill Killers" had its moments of tension amongst the absurdity. "Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher" has neither. However, the darkness that occasionally crept through in those films is on full misanthropic display here. Ray Dennis Steckler was one of the most compelling exploitation filmmakers, and this is one of his most interesting films. It probably doesn't have any appeal to those other than die-hard psychotronic fans, but they'll enjoy it a lot. (6/10)


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