Film #6 of the Halloween 31
I first heard about this film when it toured the festival circuit earlier this year, and I wanted to see it because of its wacky and funny-sounding premise. In retrospect, I should have known that this movie was going to be as disappointing as it was.
There ware a few things that I liked about this film: the score is intriguing, and the cinematography is pretty good. That is the extent to which I liked this film. The film derives most of its jokes from unfunny vulgar humor, like gratuitous nudity, stupid fart jokes, or excessive profanity. Almost all of the jokes are repeated multiple times throughout the film, and they are uncomfortably long to the point of being extremely annoying. There was one scene in which the two characters were yelling various forms of the word "s**t" for about five minutes. There are scenes that involve the characters being nude for an unnecessarily long amount of time. It's excessive and just not funny. I held out through the whole film, hoping that it would get better, but it never did.
The characters are underdeveloped and unrelatable. The acting is awful. The actors seem like they have no passion for their roles and just look as if they were trying to fake being whiny. The gore of the film is cartoonish and unrealistic. It is surreal, but not in a good way. It's too bad, the premise had potential, but the excessively vulgar humor makes it an unenjoyable experience.
So overall, I can not recommend "The Greasy Strangler" to anyone. It's not funny. I don't really understand why critics like it, as it is not a very well-written film.
The Greasy Strangler
Big Tuna's Rating: F
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No, I lost too many brain cells while watching it the first time.
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