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The Greasy Strangler (2016/MVD DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Film: B

The instant cult classic The Greasy Strangler (2016) is the equivalent of 'if John Waters made a Napoleon Dynamite-type film'. Relentlessly funny with some great one-liners, impressive cinematography, the film also features scene-stopping performances from the duo of Michael St. Michaels and Sky Elobar as Big Ronnie and Big Brayden, who have great on-screen chemistry and play off one another very well.

Also starring in The Greasy Strangler are Joe Walters, Abdoulaye N'Gom (Grandma's Boy), Holland MacFallister, Sam Dissanayake, and Elizabeth de Razzo as Janet. Enjoyment of the film will be based on your sense of humor and I would suggest watching it with a group for maximum enjoyment as its a great 'party movie'.

Big Ronnie (Michaels) and his nerdy son Brayden (Elobar) are a father and son duo who are living in the midst of a vicious serial killer known as The Greasy Strangler - a man who not only strangles his victims, but covers himself in thick amounts of grease before he does so. While Ronnie and Brayden struggle to maintain their tours of famous disco locations in their hometown, they soon butt heads over the presence of Janet (Razzo), a eluding woman who quickly steals both of their hearts. While the Strangler's victim body counts starts to increase, the father/son duo must maintain their sanity while keeping their food extra greasy at the same time.

Directed by Jim Hosking, to whom I feel has a bright career ahead of him, this film wasn't seen in theaters too widely mainly due to its often times disturbing nudity scenes. A mix of horror and dark humor, this film only gets better the more times you see it. My favorite scene involves the Indian Tour guide, where his odd pronunciation of ''potato'' confuses his counterparts.

Presented in standard definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital track, the film looks and sounds good enough on DVD (which is the focus of this review), and does improve in 1080p high definition, an edition that is also available.

Special Features include...

Feature length audio commentary with Director Jim Hosking and stars Michael St. Michaels and Sky Elobar

Interviews with the Cast & Crew

Theatrical Trailer

The Greasy Strangler is simply a film that has to be seen to be believed. While it didn't get a wide release in theaters, it is finding a second life on home video (aside from winning some awards on the festival circuit). The two leads are even doing convention tours now with photo op opportunities, keeping the spirit of the film alive with fans as well.

- James Lockhart



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