There are few films I’m as excited about right now as Jim Hosking’s The Greasy Strangler. With Ben Wheatley and Elijah Wood among its producing credits and a trailer that makes it look like John Waters has made a splatter film, it promises to be a rare treat for fans of true sicko cinema.
With the film headed to UK and US cinemas in October, this new one-sheet has landed, and it’s surprisingly inoffensive, if suitably odd. The bizarro brainchild of Hosking and writing partner Toby Harvard, The Greasy Strangler follows Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels) and his son Brayden (Sky Elobar), who put on “disco walking tours” around the streets of LA. Unbeknownst to Brayden however, his father is a serial murderer who likes to slather himself in fat before he kills.
The film premiered at Sundance in January where it divided the audience, provoking both walk-outs and wide-eyed admiration.
“Someone said it’s like Steptoe & Son on a psychedelic substance,” Hosking told Empire Magazine, “…but there’s loads of stuff in there: LA films from the ’70s, old cartoons, David Lynch, dirty amateur porn…”
Seriously, this is sounding more and more like my kind of flick.
See which side of the divide you fall when The Greasy Strangler hits selected cinemas in the UK and US on October 7th.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)