Screen Relish’s Saturday Screamer: THE GREASY STRANGLER

Posted on Mar 18 2017 - 7:35am by Hope Madden

We here at Screen Relish love a good horror movie. So much so, we’ve decided every Saturday to bring you a retrospective look back at perhaps some of those genre entries that have been underrated, unfairly forgotten, missed and abandoned or just so damn good that we needed to scream it from the rooftops. Today’s title is…

TheGreasyStrangler

Like the by-product of a high cholesterol diet, THE GREASY STRANGLE will lodge itself into your brain and do a lot of damage.

A touching father/son story about romance, car washes and disco, this movie is like little else ever set to film.

Director Jim Hosking and co-writer Toby Harvard are responsible for the ABC’S OF DEATH 2 short G IS FOR GRANDAD. What this longer-form horror shares with their highly entertaining and unseemly short is an interest unholy familial unions, men in their underwear, and merkins. (Look it up.)

Brayden (Sky Elobar) and his dad Big Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels – that is a name!) share the family business: LA walking tours of disco landmarks. They live together, work together, eat together. Why? Because Brayden’s had it with mom’s new beau Ricky Prickles, and if Ronnie evicts him, where else could the middle-aged Brayden go?

Father and son possess a seriously unusual family dynamic that seems to work for them until they meet Janet (Elizabeth De Razzo – brave and funny).

Both men fall for this “rootie tootie disco cutie,” and if that wasn’t enough, there’s a marauder on the loose – an inhuman beast covered head to toe in cooking grease.

It’s hard to imagine better casting choices than St. Michaels and Elobar, but Christina Blackaller and Bennett Rogers aid immeasurably with their costume designs. Brayden’s glasses alone – magnifique!

THE GREASY STRANGLER feels almost akin to NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, had the latter involved a lot of full frontal nudity and queasying sexuality. The brilliantly awkward comedy leaves you scratching your head. Every absurd character begs for more screen time, and yet, each gag (and you will gag) goes on for an almost unendurable length of time.

The result is ingenious. Or repellant. Or maybe hilarious – it just depends on your tolerance for WTF horror and sick, sick shit. Whatever else it may be, though, THE GREASY STRANGLER is – I promise you – hard to forget.

NOTE: Trailer NSFW!

Read more from Hope at MADDWOLF and listen to her bi-weekly horror podcast, FRIGHT CLUB.

About the Author

Hope Madden is weirdly tall and wore a patch on one eye long before pirates were cool. She’s reviewed films for newspapers, magazines and websites since 2000, and though she enjoys all of it, horror is her sweetheart. She and her husband George Wolf share the website MaddWolf.com and host the monthly horror series Fright Club in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Their son is all manner of awesome, their cat is dead but not forgotten, and Hope swears that her twin sister Joy is the evil one, but secretly she wonders…

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