The Greasy Strangler movie full length review - Gross, ridiculous and really, really funny
I stumbled onto this movie by accident and was expecting something completely different. I was incredibly pleasantly surprised by what a work of art this movie is.
I am a big 80s horror comedy fan, and when I see this kind of over-the-top, cartoony type violence and sex that is sprinkled all over, I'm left with a sense of nostalgia, excitement and joy that stays with me for a long time.
Visually, the entire thing is striking, from the bizarre outfits (Big Ronnie's disco suit!) to the run down scenery to the colours and overall frame composition, everything oozes greasy. The special effects and the violence remind me of Slime City, early Troma films or maybe even Peter Jackson's old movies. The closest I could get to describing the soundtrack is that it sounds like the circus version of what Disasterpeace created for It Follows, building a dissonant but catchy backdrop that aligns perfectly with the rest of the movie.
It is the kind of film I wasn't really expecting to see on a big screen. If anything, maybe on a VHS rip of super 8 footage from way back, just because of how unique it is... I can't even imagine how difficult it must have been to get the production company/actors/sponsors/distributors to agree to use some of the scenes that made it into the final cut of this movie, but somehow they managed to get it done, and movie history is better off for it.
Let's face it, there probably won't be any Oscar nominations for the acting here, but the actors are funny, and apart from a couple of Dude, where's my car-esque scenes where they ramble on and on, the dialogue is great. Imagine David Lynch directing Napoleon Dynamite's horror comedy sequel.
The 18 UK rating is pretty misleading and unfair - there's nothing truly offensive or scary about this movie, but there is a lot of swearing, gross-out moments, and genitalia on screen. If that's not your thing you might want to look elsewhere.
This movie is hilarious, awkward, subversive, beautiful, has a killer soundtrack, and pays homage to a style of filmmaking that to me represents the best in movie entertainment. It has its flaws, but I loved it!