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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

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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They lived to watch you die. See more »

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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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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:

$1,852, 10 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,565, 17 October 2004
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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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Lust for Death
14 December 2006 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

In the end of the 70's, the dysfunctional Kenneth Bianchi (C. Thomas Howell) lives with his mother and is obsessed to join the police force. When his application is refused, his mother suggests him to go to Los Angeles to live with his sadistic and perverted cousin Angelo Buono (Nicholas Turturro). 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 to revenge against a whore, and Kenneth strangles her, feeling a great pleasure with the act of killing. The two cousins become addicted in death, initially killing whores and then attacking single women, dumping their bodies on the hills of LA.

"The Hillside Strangler' is a low budget movie based on a true event that happened in 1977 in Los Angeles, with the police chasing one serial killer when actually they were two. The disturbing and violent story has many strong moments with the explicit sadism of the two cousins, and sex exploitation with many nudism, but it is well acted and attractive. This movie is not recommended for sensitive persons due to the psychopathic violence, but for those that like a cruel and credible story, it is a good choice. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Estrangulador" ("The Strangler")


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