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17% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 32% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Kenneth Bianchi (C. Thomas Howell) is a security guard whose attempts to become a police officer are repeatedly thwarted. He moves to California to live with his cousin Angelo (Nicholas Turturro) and dates a string of women, becoming increasingly preoccupied with sex. Eventually the cousins decide to start an escort agency. After violently killing a prostitute they thought had betrayed them, Kenneth and Angelo begin committing a series of crimes that become a media sensation. Read More Read Less

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The Hillside Strangler | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Empire Magazine Rated: 1/5 Apr 1, 2006 Full Review The Hillside Strangler | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Kevin Crust Los Angeles Times A garishly slick piece of exploitation with surprisingly high production values but nary a moment of suspense. Rated: 1/5 Oct 15, 2004 Full Review The Hillside Strangler | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Dana Stevens New York Times This relentlessly unpleasant film documents the true story of cousins whose murder spree in late 1970's Los Angeles was at first attributed to a lone killer known as the Hillside Strangler. Rated: 1.5/5 Oct 14, 2004 Full Review The Hillside Strangler | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Keith H. Brown Eye for Film Rated: 2/5 Dec 7, 2007 Full Review The Hillside Strangler | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Anton Bitel Movie Gazette Rated: 7/10 Apr 2, 2005 Full Review The Hillside Strangler | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall Feels very cheesy due to its awkward, period-style acting and directing. But it's also chillingly informative. Rated: 2.5/5 Oct 19, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Demented N No just no a sick story should not be dramatised. Them poor women Rated 1/5 Stars • Rated 1 out of 5 stars 11/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie to watch with your family Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Americans seem to have a fascination with true crime stories. All you have to do is watch TLC or Discovery Investigative for more than an hour to find that out. These stories are often over sexualized and overly graphic retellings of real crimes and killers. This movie is no exception.While true crime and murder stories do and can work, this one feels like they just through their hands up in the air and said, "f*ck it, if you want sleaze we've got sleaze!" The basic premise of a young obviously mentally unstable person being manipulated and controlled by a much more dominate and sad*stic person is a good one. Seeing a person with violent tendencies slowly morph into a full on psycho has potential, yet they rarely take advantage of it. Now there are bits in here that do have a charm in the way other brutal crime movies also have, but they are few and far between. It just goes to show that family can be the most influential aspect of life. Wither or nor that's a good thing depends on the family. Rated 2/5 Stars • Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review darin c I thought this movie was done right! It is especially good if you know the true story. The acting was way above average and contains strong violent moments that are sometimes hard to watch. Check out the creepy song during the end credits by Earthlings! Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I thought this movie was done right! It is especially good if you know the true story. The acting was way above average and contains strong violent moments that are sometimes hard to watch. Check out the creepy song during the end credits by Earthlings! Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member It's hard to really like a film about women being raped and murdered, so lets just say it's a decent film depicting atrocious events. This film is gritty and depraved throughout, but historically interesting. Rated 2.5/5 Stars • Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Cast & Crew

Chuck Parello Director C. Thomas Howell Kenneth A. Bianchi Nicholas Turturro Angelo Buono Allison Lange Claire Shelton Marisol Padilla Sanchez Christina Chavez Jennifer Tisdale Erin
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Synopsis Kenneth Bianchi (C. Thomas Howell) is a security guard whose attempts to become a police officer are repeatedly thwarted. He moves to California to live with his cousin Angelo (Nicholas Turturro) and dates a string of women, becoming increasingly preoccupied with sex. Eventually the cousins decide to start an escort agency. After violently killing a prostitute they thought had betrayed them, Kenneth and Angelo begin committing a series of crimes that become a media sensation.

Director
Chuck Parello

Producer
Hamish McAlpine, Michael Muscal

Screenwriter
Chuck Parello, Stephen Johnston

Rating
R

Genre
Drama, Mystery & Thriller

Original Language
English

Release Date (DVD)
Jun 1, 2006

Runtime
1h 37m
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