I never did review THE GREASY STRANGLER. I’m not even sure I could. I think I might struggle to talk about AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN as well. Jim Hosking’s follow-up is populated by similarly freakish characters and a deliberately bizarre manner of delivery, but it doesn’t feel as nihilistic and seems to operate in the same postcode as human emotion. It’s got a heart…sometimes. All contained within a grotty hotel, a serial manipulator (Aubrey Plaza) awaits the title character’s unmissable one-night-only show, her boring bodyguard (Jemaine Clement) tries to woo her and Luff Lin’s manager/chaperone/platonic life partner (Matt Berry) tries to keep everything on the rails. When we are told exactly what has been going on this whole time it’s somehow more and less weird than we expected. That’ll probably sum up Hosking’s career going forward; it’s always going to be at odds with people’s sensibilities but you can only release The Greasy Strangler on the world once. SSP
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