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Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders (2006)

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The notorious case of the Hillside Strangler is the basis for this startling thriller directed primarily with an over-used hand-held camera by Chris Fisher (Nightstalker (2002)). Kenneth ... See full synopsis »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joleigh Fiore ... Tanya (as Joleigh Pulsonetti)
Bret Roberts ... Jack
Brittany Daniel ... Samantha Stone
Joseph McKelheer ... Joe
Vanessa Nigro Vanessa Nigro ... Sally
Channon Roe ... Dave
Valerie Stodghill Valerie Stodghill ... Melanie
Tomas Arana ... Angelo Buono
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Kenneth Bianchi
Rhino Michaels ... Watch Commander
Lake Bell ... Jillian Dunne
Tom Wright ... Detective Bryant
Mike Hagerty ... Detective Smith
Eddie Jemison ... Kantor
Stephen R. Hudis ... Swat Captain
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The notorious case of the Hillside Strangler is the basis for this startling thriller directed primarily with an over-used hand-held camera by Chris Fisher (Nightstalker (2002)).

Kenneth Bianchi (Clifton Collins Jr., Capote (2005)), one (along with his cousin Angelo Buono) of the two serial rapists and killers who terrorized the Los Angeles area in the late 1970s, is giving police station interviews to psychiatrist Samantha Stone (Brittany Daniel, White Chicks (2004)) who has disquieting lifestyle issues of her own. It falls to her to delve into the details of the case to determine the veracity of Bianchi's claims of multiple personality disorder, but in so doing, she is forced to relive the horrific crimes, one of which occurs at her very doorstep.

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Los Angeles, 1978. Sex, Drugs, Serial Killers. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence/grisly images, sexuality/nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hillside Strangler See more »

Filming Locations:

Valencia, California, USA

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Claire Forlani was also considered for the part of Samantha Stone. See more »

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Not bad at all
8 January 2006 | by billyblakecSee all my reviews

When I first picked this movie up I feared it to be another cheap, poorly written real-life serial killer movie such as 'Gacy'. I was happy to find while watching it that it was actually a well done movie. Clifton Collins Jr. delivers a strong performance as Kenneth Bianchi, one of the two men responsible for the 1977 murders of many young women. His eerie resemblance to the real Bianchi really gives the film an extra boost of realism. Brittany Daniel gives a convincing performance as well, playing Samantha Stone, a psychiatrist who specializes in determining if a suspect is truly insane.

The movie lacks, though, when it tries to add an additional sub-plot in the story. This being Samantha's troubles with her partying, druggie, cheating boyfriend. This non-conclusive aspect of the story tends to use up time that could have been better used to develop Clifton Collin's character. Also, a factor that I felt was unneeded was the amount of nudity and sex in the film. Many shots of naked Daniel and other random couples having sex got a bit excessive at times, and tended to become redundant.

Over-all, the film was not badly done. I enjoyed a few neat filming effects and techniques in the beginning and other parts of the film. Good dialog, clever ending, and a good plot. 7/10.

*Word of warning- If you're looking for historical accuracy in this film you are not going to find it. It's very loosely based on the Hillside Strangler. The timeline is very far off and the events that occur are mostly made up for dramatic reasons.*


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