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A documentary on a stereotypically shady used car salesman, one who convinces customers to buy vehicles that others have deemed unfit for sale. | Add synopsis »
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Christin Ackerman ... Hostess

Emily Banks ... Interviewee
Michael Bennett ... Himself (the Slasher)
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Directed by
John Landis 
Produced by
Alison Palmer Bourke .... executive producer
Steven Cantor .... producer
Ed Carroll .... executive producer
Gary DePew .... line producer
Matthew Galkin .... co-producer
Julie Goldman .... executive producer
Krysanne Katsoolis .... executive producer
Chris Kobin .... producer
Daniel Laikind .... producer
Mandy Stein .... co-producer
Caroline Stevens .... executive producer
Jessica Wolfson .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Paul Dokuchitz (director of photography)
Peter Rieveschl (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Martin Apelbaum 
Production Management
Owen Levin .... production manager
Sound Department
Andy Black .... sound recordist
Nathan Black .... sound mixer
Hayden Jackson .... sound recordist
Aaron Rihel .... sound recordist
Rich Weingart .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Michael Brodersen .... digital film mastering
Camera and Electrical Department
Armanda Costanza .... camera operator
Harris Done .... camera operator
Jonathan Furmanski .... camera operator
Matthew Galkin .... camera operator
Michelle Hood .... still photographer
Peter Rieveschl .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Michael Garber .... assistant editor
Daishi Takiishi .... assistant editor
Pax Wassermann .... supervising editor
Music Department
Mandy Stein .... music supervisor
Other crew
Joe Marino .... production coordinator
Margaret McCombs .... production assistant
Derrick Mullins .... production assistant
Tim Sullivan .... production assistant
Daniel Vest .... production assistant

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Additional Details

USA:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

[on the phone with his wife]
Michael Bennett a.k.a. The Slasher:Okay, honey, I'll try to drink more orange juice instead of beer in the morning.
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Brutal look at the underbelly of capitalism, 27 February 2010
Author: tbyrne4 from United States

This is an unpleasant film to watch. It is about a "Slasher", a guy who goes in and stages huge sales at used car lots where they clear out all their backed-up inventory at slightly lower prices. The slasher brings in a DJ and his own sales force and the lot is extravagantly decorated with balloons and streamers and beautiful girls are hired to act as models for the weekend. It's kind of like a party.

In this case, director John Landis and his documentary crew follow Southern California Slasher Michael Bennett (and his crew) to a used car lot in Memphis, TN where they ready the lot for the sale and get pumped up to try and sell at least 50 cars so they can win their bonus. In between, they spend a lot of time drinking beer, smoking, hanging out at strip clubs and looking generally unhappy.

It's sad and gut-wrenching. You can't help but feel for Michael Bennett. You certainly feel how much he cares for his family but it's also clear what a skin-scraping profession he is locked into. You also feel the horrible tension between him and his DJ, especially in an argument they have at the end (about the best way to get to the airport!!) that nearly erupts into a fist fight. Bennett drinks almost constantly and you can see the wear and tear on him.

What's doubly horrific is watching the Slasher rip off honest people who have come in to try and buy a car and then are bullied into a buying a total lemon. You come away feeling awful for everyone in the entire movie. Also, the pacing (lots of jump cuts and lively Memphis soul) doesn't really reflect the gravitas and misery that's captured on the screen. I think it was assembled in kind of a slap-dash fashion. Maybe the director thought he was filming something more fun than he actually was.

The one oasis of sanity in the whole affair turns out to be "Mud", Slasher's mercenary closer. A towering, militaristic figure, Mud at first comes off as unsympathetic but is ultimately revealed to be a shrewd thinker and devoted family man. He also gives the film its one true moment of levity as he describes (with great humor) how it was only after his wife "kicked his ass" did he realize she was the one he was going to marry.

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