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Strangled (2016)

A martfüi rém (original title)
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True story of a serial killer in 1950-60s Hungary.

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Árpád Sopsits
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Credited cast:
Károly Hajduk Károly Hajduk ... Bognár Pál
Gábor Jászberényi Gábor Jászberényi ... Réti Ákos
Zsolt Anger Zsolt Anger ... Bóta nyomozó
Péter Bárnai Péter Bárnai ... Szirmai Zoltán
Zsolt Trill ... Katona Gábor ügyész
Zsófia Szamosi ... Rita
Mónika Balsai Mónika Balsai ... Szigeti Nóra, Bognár felesége
András Réthelyi András Réthelyi ... Juhász
Piroska Móga Piroska Móga ... Marika
Valentin Venczel Valentin Venczel ... Rostás
Dóra Sztarenki Dóra Sztarenki ... Ági
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Péter Barbinek Péter Barbinek ... Bíró
Eszter Csépai Eszter Csépai ... Sóskuti Ibolya
Zsolt Dér Zsolt Dér
Bea Egyed Bea Egyed ... Herself
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Storyline

Based on real-life events, this psycho-thriller is set in the provincial Hungary of the 1960s, when a series of atrocious murders shock the small town of Martfü. A psychotic killer is on the prowl, who continues to slaughter young women while an innocent man is wrongly accused and sentenced for crimes he could never have committed. A determined detective arrives on the scene and soon becomes obsessed with the case while under pressure from the prosecutor to see a man hang. Stuck in the suffocating social, political and psychological world of socialist Hungary, we soon find ourselves entangled in a web of intricate conspiracy and disturbing drama.

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

10 November 2016 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

A martfűi rém See more »

Filming Locations:

Martfu, Hungary See more »

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Budget:

HUF710,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$208,999
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FocusFox Studio See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Very impressive but not an easy watch.

Quite a find, this one, shown apparently at the London Film Festival last year, this seems not to have had a theatrical release, outside Hungary. Bleak and disturbing, this is an uncompromising look at what we are told is a true story going back to the late 50s/early60s. There is some attempt to set this horror within the political upsets of the time but I have to say, at least to an outsider, these seem rather unconvincing. Not so the main thrust of this daring film, however, which certainly visits areas not often visited in tales of brutal serial killers. The film begins with great style and carefully composed scenes and ends similarly with beautiful period vehicles and street posters, the rest of the film though is not pretty at all and the harrowing tale is realistically told in dark and subdued lighting with nothing too pretty at all. Very impressive but not an easy watch.


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