Presented By:Sky Elobar
One of the year’s most talked-about films and destined to be a cult classic, The Greasy Strangler is an irrepressibly fun and unapologetically scatological midnight-movie gross-out, exploring the world of one of the more memorable father-and-son duos in film history.
Big Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels) and his son Big Brayden (Sky Elobar) ostensibly make their living giving walking tours of non-descript Los Angeles disco landmarks. Donning matching ill-fitting pink turtlenecks and short shorts, the duo lead easily duped tourists around the city by day and live a bleak, grease-fueled home life by night. The appearance of lovely young Janet (Elizabeth De Razzo of Eastbound and Down fame) at one of their tours sparks the interest of both father and son. Her interest in Brayden chafes Ronnie, who views himself as the far superior ladies’ man to his wimpy son. However, Big Ronnie may be harboring darker desires than lusting after his son’s girl. Is he leading a secret double life? Is his obsession with greasy food evidence of a darker side? Who is responsible for the grizzly, grease-soaked killings that begin to plague the town? Why is Ronnie always showing up naked? Who is the real bullshit artist here?
Jim Hosking’s feature-film debut is decidedly not for the squeamish. It is maniacal romp into a bizarro and disgusting alternate world, made by and for those with a sick sense of humor. Fueled by a pulsing earworm of a score from Andrew Hung, and anchored by memorable performances from both leads (particularly Elobar, whose nuanced interpretation of Brayden adds depth and dimension to the character), the film is a spectacle not to be missed. Fans of John Waters, Sam Raimi, and early Peter Jackson would do well to take note! (J. Scott Braid)
The Greasy Strangler star Sky Elobar is a gifted comedic actor who has appeared on Conan and Kroll Show, and in feature films such as Jared Hess’ Don Verdean (2015). He previously collaborated with The Greasy Strangler director Jim Hosking on his 2010 short films Crabs and Renegades.