Strangled

2016

Crime / Thriller

26
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 100%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 3789

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Reviewed by Fella_shibby 8 / 10

Grisly, atmospheric n a lil tough to sit thru but definitely one of the best serial killer film.

Saw this on a rented dvd few days back. The trailer n premise was intriguing for me. Definitely for blokes who liked Marshland, Memories of murder n True Detective. It is about a sick n pervert serial killer n also about an innocent man who is put behind bars for the murders. The film explains the actions n consequences of both these men. Warning, this film is very grisly n the necrophiliac scenes r explained in details rather than off screen which i wud have preferred. Also the male rape n torture scenes were too much. I feel the director went overboard with the grisly scenes but he did a terrific job in making a good serial killer film. The night time photography is striking. It is eerie n atmospheric. The direction, acting n cinematography r all good but they needed some work on the editing.

Reviewed by Coventry 7 / 10

Grim and unsettling serial-killer thriller from Hungary

"Strangled" is the international title of the Hungarian horror/thriller "A Martfüi Rém" – which roughly translates as "The Martfü Monster" – that is set in the politically turbulent period of the late fifties and early sixties, and is based on the true story of a vicious serial killer that terrorized a little industrial town. I reckon that every country has its own morbid serial killer case, and this is definitely one of the darkest pages in the history book of Hungary. "Strangled" is a very intense, stoic and grisly film and writer/director Árpád Sopsits certainly didn't bother to palliate the facts. In 1957, in the little community of Martfü where almost everybody works in the shoe factory, the corpse of a young woman is discovered in the river. The police are put under a lot of pressure to solve the crime and inspectors Botá and Katona quickly arrest the victim's weak and gullible boyfriend Akos Reti. When Reti confesses, he gets sentenced to life-imprisonment while inspector Katona gets promoted to district attorney. Seven years later, however, the mutilated bodies of multiple women are once more discovered in Martfü, and a few girls who narrowly survived the encounter with their attacker are scarred and traumatized for life. Botá receives a brand new, young and ambitious colleague who wants to re-open the 1957-case, because they may have convicted the wrong man to prison, but the district attorney Katona is too concerned about his reputation and obstructs the investigation. In parallel, the film depicts how Akos Reti literally decays in prison and even follows around the real murderer as he prepares for his next sickening and repulsive crime.

The film benefices tremendously from the gloomy time period and the sensitive political climate that both have been wondrously recreated! Practically the entire town of Martfü's population of Martfü comes walking out of the bombastic shoe factory gates. The people return to their tiny grey homes or depressing apartment blocks, while the more influential authority figures arrogantly refer to each other as "Comrade" and revert to corruption in order to save their slightly more luxurious social position. "Strangled" allegedly was a giant box-office success in its home country, which is surprising because the subject matter is extremely sinister and director Sopsits certainly doesn't restrain on showing uncompromising violence and misogynist cruelty. Many sequences are not for the squeamish, including bits of necrophilia, and the atmosphere is continuously bleak with eerie music and desolate photography. The film isn't entirely flawless, mind you. With 118 (!) minutes, "Strangled" is about 20-25 minutes too long. There are several moments of long silence between the lead characters, but those sequences are suspenseful and shouldn't have been cut. Instead, we could have done with fewer dialogues between the coppers about their cover- ups.

Reviewed by CrazyCultFilms 5 / 10

Gratuitous violence overshadows any underlying message about State corruption

POSSIBLE SPOILERS: I watched this at London Film Festival where the director described his desire to tell about the political corruption that prevented a competent investigation into a serial rape/murder case. Fine. But after having watched the film, which for the first half burdens us with the unnecessary graphically depicted rape scenes and close ups showing horrific violence against numerous women (and a child), I'm not sure any political message is what you are left thinking about.

The fact the entire story could have equally been told without a single rape scene being showed, leads me to believe the director simply enjoyed showing this type of violence, and that these scenes were included for shock value. Confirmed by the director himself who wanted to provide 'horror' for the audience.

So if you were hoping to find an impressive depiction of the corrupt Communist regime, you may be disappointed by this. If you were looking for Last House on the Left x5 then you've come to the right place.

I've given it 5 stars because the acting was good, there's some excellent dialogues and the cinematography is beautiful. But for me, the story (structure not content) was weak and relied heavily on American style 'violence for the sake of violence'. Do better please.

Films like Memories of Murder did a far better job showing the corruption of a political system in a police investigation (and the violence included was far more appropriate to the story).

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