The Hillside Strangler
The Hillside Strangler (2004)

A real-life series of killings that held Los Angeles, CA, in the grip of fear during the late '70s provides the inspiration for this tense crime drama. Kenneth Bianchi (C. Thomas Howell) is a nebbishy security guard who lives with his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 25, 2004
DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

A garishly slick piece of exploitation with surprisingly high production values but nary a moment of suspense.

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Megan Lehmann
New York Post

Another repulsive, fetishistic trawl through the life and crimes of a serial killer.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Feels very cheesy due to its awkward, period-style acting and directing. But it's also chillingly informative.

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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.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Here's one for the Sick Voyeurs Club.

Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

Career-wise, no one really stands to benefit from the film, with the exception of Turturro, who shows he's ready for bigger cinematic opportunities.

Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly

A good horse kick, or a fistful of Valium, may help you get through this relentlessly sadistic exercise with your soul more or less intact.

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Staci Layne Wilson

Dumbed down and sexed up, 'Hillside' cashes in on the overtly lurid aspects of the murders while giving short shrift to the more interesting psychological aspects of the case.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Sordid and sleazy, although the lead performances are hard to fault.

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Lady D'arbanville
It?s hard to believe from watching this film that this is the same actor, who warmed our hearts as Ponyboy Curtis in ?The Outsiders?. A much more realistic… More
jd cryptic
Disturbing, utterly disgusting, and vile film. This movie is based on the true story of Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi. The Real Victims: "The… More
Daniel Parsons
A sometimes hard to watch film which maintains a lurid, gloating tone, <i>The Hillside Strangler</i> certainly isn't <i>Henry: Portrait… More