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The Hillside Strangler (2004)

In the end of the 70's, the dysfunctional Kenneth Bianchi lives with his mother and is obsessed with joining the police force. When his application is refused, his mother sends him to Los ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kenneth A. Bianchi
... Angelo Buono
... Claire Shelton
... Christina Chavez
... Erin (as Jennifer Kelly Tisdale)
... Gabrielle (as Kent Masters-King)
... Felicia Waller
... Karyn
... Ronnie
... Janice Cooley
Jessica Allegra ... April
... Frances Bianchi
... Jenny Buono
Samantha Tabak ... Heather Brewer (as Tricia Dickson)
Kylie Rachel ... Peaches (as Kylie Rachelle)
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In the end of the 70's, the dysfunctional Kenneth Bianchi lives with his mother and is obsessed with joining the police force. When his application is refused, his mother sends him to Los Angeles to live with his sadistic cousin Angelo Buono. Kenneth unsuccessfully tries to join LAPD, and Angelo convinces him to start a prostitution business with him. They force two girls from Tucson to work for them, but their competitors destroy their business and steals their money. The frustrated Kenneth and Angelo decide on revenge against a prostitute, and Kenneth strangles her, feeling a great pleasure with her death. The two cousins become addicted to death, initially killing prostitutes and then attacking single women, dumping their bodies on the hill. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They lived to watch you die. See more »

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Rated R for psychopathic violence, strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language, sexual dialogue and drug use | See all certifications »

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12 November 2004 (UK)  »

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The Hillside Stranglings  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,852, 10 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,565, 17 October 2004
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Pretty Much What I Expected...
1 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you've seen the other serial killer movies by Tartan films, you'll get exactly what you expect from this film: actors you haven't seen in awhile steeped in extreme violence with not a whole lot of emphasis on the facts. There are some gruesome scenes here, though tamer than the actual crimes of the Hillside Stranglers. Pretty good performances all around, but not excellent. Some interesting camera work, better than you'd expect from a film with so low a budget.

I was concerned by the casting of Turturro and Howell, having had a fondness for the earlier portrayals by Dennis Farina and Billy Zane. Plus, C Thomas Howell just seemed too cute to play Ken Bianchi. But once I got a look at him, I was shocked by his gaunt, creepy appearance. I sincerely hope he looks better than that in real life.

To conclude, this is by no means the movie of the year, but if you liked Tartans Gein, Gacy or Bundy, give this one a watch.


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