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  • Summary: The disturbing case of two serial killing cousins (Howell, Turturro) that terrorized Southern California in the late 70s is brought gruesomely to film with explicit sex and graphic violence. (TLA Entertainment Group)
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 7 out of 10
  1. 60
    Character actress Lin Shaye, usually relegated to grotesque supporting roles in mainstream comedies, is a revelation as Buono's embittered, cancer-ridden mother.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    Plays as a blackly comic slice of mock '70s-style exploitation that flirts with the viewer before applying its chokehold.
  3. The filmmakers are clearly most interested in re-creating the murders in a gruesome and repugnant fashion. It's a shame the film is so exploitative, because Howell and especially Turturro deliver chilling, all too convincing performances.
  4. Here's one for the Sick Voyeurs Club.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Russon
    20
    Irresponsible, exploitative trash.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    20
    Relentlessly unpleasant film.
  7. 0
    A good horse kick, or a fistful of Valium, may help you get through this relentlessly sadistic exercise with your soul more or less intact.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2