The Hillside Strangler (film)

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The Hillside Strangler
Directed by Chuck Parello
Written by Stephen Johnston
Starring C. Thomas Howell
Nicholas Turturro
Marisol Padilla Sánchez
Music by Danny Saber
Release date
October 8, 2004
Country United States
Language English

The Hillside Strangler is a 2004 crime horror film directed by Chuck Parello and written by Stephen Johnston, based on the true story of Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono Jr., the Hillside Strangler serial killers. The film stars C. Thomas Howell as Bianchi and Nicholas Turturro as Buono.[1][2]


At the end of the 70s, the dysfunctional Kenneth Bianchi (C. Thomas Howell) lives with his mother Frances (Roz Witt) and is obsessed with joining the police force. When his application is refused, his mother sends him to Los Angeles to live with his sadistic cousin Angelo Buono (Nicholas Turturro). Kenneth unsuccessfully tries to join LAPD, and Angelo convinces him to start a prostitution business with him. They force Erin (Jennifer Tisdale) and April (Jessica Allegra), two girls from Tucson to work for them, but when they intrude on the territory of another prostitution ring led by Ronnie (Damon Whitaker), their business is destroyed and their money is stolen. The frustrated Kenneth and Angelo decide on revenge against Gabrielle (Kent Masters King) the prostitute who put them into competition with Ronnie, and Kenneth strangles her, feeling a great pleasure with her death. The two cousins become addicted to death, initially killing prostitutes and then attacking single women, dumping their bodies on the hill.



  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ BBC

External links

  • The Hillside Strangler on IMDb
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