5.3/10
1,644
34 user 38 critic

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 »

Director:

Chuck Parello

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The true chilling story of the "two of a kind", killin' cousins Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, better known as the Hillside Stranglers, is told in this TV drama. The movie concentrates ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Gethers
Stars: Richard Crenna, Dennis Farina, Billy Zane
Ted Bundy (2002)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The story of serial killer Ted Bundy.

Director: Matthew Bright
Stars: Michael Reilly Burke, Boti Bliss, Julianna McCarthy
The Hillside Stranglers (TV Movie 2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Track down the sadistic duo responsible for the rape, torture and murder of 10 women in the Hollywood Hills above LA. The case that drove homicide detective Bob Grogan to drink and divorce ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Piddington
Stars: Dennis Garber, Jeff Marchelletta, Barry Sigismondi
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Based on the true story of the double initial killings in Rochester, NY.

Director: Rob Schmidt
Stars: Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Timothy Hutton
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

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 »

Director: Chris Fisher
Stars: Joleigh Fiore, Bret Roberts, Brittany Daniel
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane
Dahmer (2002)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Biopic about notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, taking place in both the past and the present.

Director: David Jacobson
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Artel Great
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An escaped con, on the run from the law, moves into a married couple's house and takes over their lives.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

During the Cold War, a controversial TV journalist is asked by the CIA to persuade certain acquaintances, who are Soviet agents of the Omega network, to defect.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.

Director: Justin Kurzel
Stars: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris
Edit

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)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

They lived to watch you die. See more »

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hillside Stranglings See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,852, 10 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,565, 17 October 2004
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tartan Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References The Devil in Miss Jones (1973) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Eerie in its Realness
9 August 2004 | by Thorsten_BSee all my reviews

"Hillside Strangler" tries to given a realistic portray of two cousins who became one of the most notorious mass murder duo ever. First up, the actors were quite good - in C. Thomas Howells' case, it's hard to recognize him when keeping his teenage roles from the 80s in mind. But as far as acting goes, he obviously improved. Lots of good looking girls share the scenes, but when the viewer is shown were it all leads to (as if we didn't already suggest from the title), the more disturbing the story becomes. Not only do Kenneth and Angelo rape, torture and kill these girls on the screen - they did it in reality. What we see is, of course, an "alternate version" to the real world, but still one that sticks to the actual events quite closely. Even though many people may feel uneasy when watching both the explicit sexual scenes and the even more graphic murder moments, it seems that some gruesome details have even been left out. Other parts, such as a female writer who fell in love with Kenneth while he already in prison and who tried to commit another murder in order to install arguments for him being innocent, have been changed, though not entirely made up - that woman really existed (and seemingly, still does exist in some jail). In total, the movie gives a very realistic insight in the late 70s Californian suburban atmosphere and it's darker sides, with the Hillside Stranglers minds being the pinnacle of darkness.


19 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 34 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed