'The most disgusting movie of 2016!!!' - this is the most common opinion you’d run into if you started reading about The Greasy Strangler, which premiered at Sundance this year, and has been causing havoc everywhere it appeared ever since.
If you’re interested in whether it is really that disgusting, then I can assure you: it is. Though this won’t be the most stomach-churning film you will ever see in your life (especially if you’re familiar with Peter Jackson’s earlier work), it will surely give you some cringing and nausea while you’re watching it.
However, amidst all the grease, innuendo, and the prosthetic penises (yes, you have read that right), there is some real, serious drama to be found here. The film is about Big Brayden (Sky Elobar), and his father, Big Ronnie (played wonderfully by Michal St. Michaels), who are living together in a filthy, old house, and earn their living by giving fake disco-themed tours to the unsuspecting. But Big Ronnie is also the eponymous ‘Greasy Strangler’, a maniac serial killer, covered in, well, grease. When Big Brayden starts to date a girl, Janet, things get complicated, messy, and really, really weird.
'if you can endure all the torture, you will find a real gem'
Although this film will definitely not be for everyone, if you can get in line with its twisted sense of humour, and have a strong stomach, you will sorta-kinda enjoy it. Just be prepared for extensive amounts of over-the-top sickening scenes and unhinged silliness, to the point, where you will actually be asking yourself: “What were they thinking?” I certainly don’t know.
Yet if you can endure all the torture, you will find a real gem: a complicated story of a failed person, who’s trying to live off his own son, not letting him live his life to its fullest. Of course, this will not be apparent from the get-go, and you will have to endure a lot of craziness, but the film is interesting and rewarding enough to sit through.
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