Well, I’ve been bamboozled by the internet yet again! I guess I should have known what I was getting into with a title like this one, but all I kept reading was how great this movie is. Quite frankly, I am not even sure I know what I just watched after 93 minutes of Jim Hosking’s The Greasy Strangler.
Ronnie and Brayden run a disco tour. When they meet Janet on one of their tours, it begins a competition for her love between the two. It also brings to the light the fact that there is a greasy killer on the loose who is strangling his victims.
The Greasy Strangler is one of the strangest films I’ve ever seen. The characters introduced throughout are an awkward father and son duo, Big Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels, Freshwater) and Big Brayden (Sky Elobar, Back Roads), who walk around half-naked or fully naked for the majority of the film, Brayden’s best friend, Oinker, who has a pig nose, and an equally as awkward love interest named Janet (Elizabeth De Razzo, “Eastbound & Down”), who happens to have sexual relations with both father and son.
I want to say the performances by the entire cast were bad, but I’m not sure that’s even accurate. I think they were actually really good. Their direction was to portray odd characters, so anything that I’d consider ‘bad’ was actually done quite intentionally.
The script co-written by director Jim Hosking and Toby Harvard is extremely awkward. It contains fart jokes, lines being repeated a countless number of times, and so much more absurdity.
The Greasy Strangler is an odd film; So odd that I can’t even really form a well-written review about it. There seems to be a huge audience for this film, but I am certainly not part of that audience.
I would compare it to a film like Napoleon Dynamite, but even that doesn’t quite describe what you’ll be getting into with The Greasy Strangler.
If you like farting and ‘bathroom humor’ and big fake old man penis, then this may be the movie for you. Even then, I’m not so sure…
This 2016 film is getting a Special Director’s Edition re-release that will be available on Blu-ray from Film Rise and MVD Visual on March 26. If this sounds like something you’d be into, go grab yourself a copy!
I personally give The Greasy Strangler 1.5 “bullshit artists” out of 5.