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Old 09-25-23, 12:03 AM
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"Strangler vs Strangler" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge



Strangler vs Strangler (1984)




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These "October Horror Movie Challenge" threads are for the discussion of the films in the 31 FILM SUBSET list.

The plan is for everyone to watch this film on the October day in the thread title, and to start discussing it the morning of the following day.
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Old 10-09-23, 09:25 PM
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Re: "Strangler vs Strangler" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

Well, this was a funny little movie. It wasn't really what I expected. From the title, I was expecting more of a serial killer battle in the vein of the old Spy vs. Spy cartoons. What we got was a lot odder than that. I liked the satirical tone, but I think the second strangler pushed things a little too goofy, and then things went increasingly absurd at the end. In a genre that can sometimes get a lot of clones, this movie was at least different and stood out.
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The sly comedy of one killer trying to avoid detection, a singer publicly reveling in the killing, and a police inspector oblivious to it all. "In this city hundreds of women are wearing pants... who will be the next victim?" I also enjoyed the goofy weird tone of Strangler Vs Strangler. It handled a dark plot with much lightheartedness even in the grimmer moments, the inept police officer was an amusing comedic relief and so far it's the only film I've seen this month with a carnation subplot. The silly premise of a metropolis as needing a criminal element such as an epic killer seemed to pulse through the film like with the celebrity rock start glorifying the strangler status - in some ways this film almost seemed like it was more about a culture, context, or city than one person; a relic of the 80s. "If we catch that criminal we can get into the history of the world..." One killer looked distractingly like a dimestore Peter Lorre but nicely unassuming. Hold on to your ears. Better than Freddy Vs Jason.

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Old 10-23-23, 11:52 PM
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I can't find anywhere to watch this in Canada or download
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Re: "Strangler vs Strangler" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

Oddity from Eastern Europe about competing stranglers in Belgrade. Dark humor mixed with character study of an unhinged killer who has mommy issues.

I had trouble getting into this film. Maybe Im just getting burn out since I am now at 93 watches for the month with this film. I think it was an okay watch. I need to give it a rewatch sometime.
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I find Mel Brooks and his form of parody drastically unfunny, and this is what I imagine it would be like if he ever made a horror movie. Sorry Young Frankenstein does not count as a horror movie. And also, YF is not funny. It is childish humor which was great for me when I was 7 years old but as a 50-year-old, I find his work intolerable now.

This movie was slightly comical at first but became more and more tedious as the viewing went on. There were a few funny lines by the narrator, but this movie did not tickle my fancy for either comedy or horror. I had to wake myself up several times.

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My rating: *1/2 out of *****
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Poor carnations. This dude is channeling Joy Division
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This was an unusual pick so cudos to Chad for expanding our horizons, as usual!

It was an enjoyable watch. I like the sense of humor. It reminded me of Little Shop of Horrors a bit. Both stranglers were sympathetic characters and the narration added a lot. 3/5 stars for me.
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Re: "Strangler vs Strangler" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

Originally Posted by Voorheeshulk
I can't find anywhere to watch this in Canada or download
We've got a video shop here in Seattle, Scarecrow Video, and they have every oddity you can image. When I can't find something, I rent from them. I was able to several of the subset films that were hard to find. They rent by mail, so they probably will mail anywhere.
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