Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders
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Yeah it is surprising, surprising-ly bad. It's also provocative, it provoked me to write this bad review. From the beginning I could tell the director, Chris Fisher, was attempting to create a stylistic film. However, after the third pointless scene of swirling overlapping shots and panning camera work I gave up. If you're using style, have a reason. Style without reason is not style. This film is one thing, if nothing else, a great lesson in how to over use overlapping shots (also known as crossdisolving shots). Drink too much and spin around for 10 seconds and you'll get the same effect as the camera work/editing of the film. There's so much overlapping shots in this film, there's probably 2 1/2 hours of footage on the screen in the 85 minutes that the film is. It's full of tallent, bad tallent. It's more about naked women, sex, and drugs than the actual story. I expected a cheap nock-off of The Life of David Gale. I would have enjoyed that 100 times more that this. This is bad, annoyingly bad. Some moron wanted to make a film and got all hung up editing. Annette Davey, the editor, should have her name removed from the film. Unless, for some unknown reason, she's proud of her work. If I was studio head at Silver Nitrate Entertainment and somone presented me the final cut of this film, I'd have everyone and anyone associated with it fired, immediately without question. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment made a mistake with the distribution of this film. If you enjoy good movies and great camera work, STAY AWAY from this film.
This movie is an attempt to show how Bianchi attempted to pretend that he had multiple personalities in order to eventually get the insanity defense in court. I am sorry for all of the people that claim to know the case; however, are completely unaware that he did try this when he was first arrested. It did happen, and that is what the movie makers set out to show people. In that aspect they did a really good job. The movie was centered around the psychiatrist and Bianchi and how she managed to prove that he was faking insanity. The movie also did a great job at setting the scene time wise...for a movie set in the 70's, they did a really good job of making things look authentic to the time period.
If you're looking for a slasher movie like the one that was done about Gein or Dahmer, this movie is not for you. If you are looking for a movie about the forensic psychology angle of the criminal, this is a very interesting and thought provoking movie to watch.
The only reason i watch the whole thing not because i wanted to know about this sick killer's multiple personality defense interview but the person who was giving the interview, the ultra hot Brittany Daniel. We went gaga over her role as the devious temptress in Dawson's Creek but as a 70's chick doing the interview....OMG! It almost seems like she was enjoying the fantasy about this guy based on her expression and body movements. She was dress to kill with that 70's disco outfit. The movie scenes was accurate to the times which is a plus.
Still it was a badly directed movie with horried camera work and the dialog was bad too(accurate or not) that even the lovely Brittany cannnot save. Not recommended even if your a fan of the Hillside Strangler. And if you are...seek help!
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The service from this shipper was excellent but did not really like the movie, to much showing of the interviewer in the movie, boringPublished on April 22, 2013 by Donna J. Cioffi
Putz is a yiddish word that more or less means "jerk",which is exactly the word that springs to mind when I am confronted with the reviews that have been given for this film... Read morePublished on October 8, 2006 by Charles H. Levenson
The story is so unrealistic that its off putting. A serial killer is loose. So the police call in a psychologist to examine the suspect. Read morePublished on August 9, 2006 by BernardZ
A sexy ..and I do mean sexy doctor, Samantha is a psychologist assigned to the murder case of the so-called 'hillside strangler'. Read morePublished on April 23, 2006 by Don Talon
A friend rented this movie for me. I saw Joe Dirt w/ Brittany Daniels and thought she was great. Half way through watching the rental of this movie I was online ordering it. Read morePublished on February 28, 2006 by mb