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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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Chuck Parello
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
C. Thomas Howell ... Kenneth A. Bianchi
Nicholas Turturro ... Angelo Buono
Allison Lange ... Claire Shelton
Marisol Padilla Sánchez ... Christina Chavez
Jennifer Tisdale ... Erin (as Jennifer Kelly Tisdale)
Kent King ... Gabrielle (as Kent Masters-King)
Aimee Brooks ... Felicia Waller
Natasha Melnick ... Karyn
Damon Whitaker ... Ronnie
Brandin Rackley ... Janice Cooley
Jessica Allegra Jessica Allegra ... April
Roz Witt ... Frances Bianchi
Lin Shaye ... Jenny Buono
Samantha Tabak Samantha Tabak ... Heather Brewer (as Tricia Dickson)
Kylie Rachel Kylie Rachel ... Peaches (as Kylie Rachelle)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hillside Stranglings See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$306, 26 September 2004

Gross USA:

$4,143

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,143
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tartan Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Lacking in Substance
24 December 2004 | by normbatesjr-1See all my reviews

Well, not bad but by no means not great. What is missing from this telling of The Hillside Strangler story is what is usually important to making a good serial killer movie: "police involvement". The fact that what really stumped the LAPD for so long is that they didn't know they were looking for two people was key in the real-life story and not even mentioned here. Also the film makers failed to really show (only in some quick snippets) just how sick and twisted these two were and some of the really gruesome things they did to their victims. I'm not saying it needed to be shown but it should have been at least mentioned. But there again that would call for police involvement. That being said I would mention that C. Thomas Howell turns in a pretty good performance here. With his gaunt appearance, silly thin mustache and pathetic shleprock mannerisms he gives his character, he almost channels the spirit of an icky Willem Dafoe performance. Almost. I'll be kind and give this a C-.


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