What can you say about a man like Lonnie Knutsengripper? A man who’s produced and directed over 300 classic horror films? You don’t have to say anything, he’ll say plenty about himself. However, in Lonnie Knutsengripper: Man, Myth And Movies he limits himself to the two he made in the UK. Interred and its long-delayed sequel The Shithouse Strangler.
Lonnie (Richard Rowbotham, Day Of The Stranger) is the stereotypical, loud, obnoxious and only too happy to toot his own horn filmmaker. Interred is the story of a madman flushing people down the toilet while they’re still alive. We get the backstory of how he came to shoot it in London in 1982. And how he ended up back there in 1990 to make The Shithouse Strangler. The sequel that sees the killer escape and go on a killing spree targeting gay men.
As you can guess, the humour in Lonnie Knutsengripper: Man, Myth And Movies isn’t subtle. It’s fairly crude at times. And while it’s not meant to be homophobic, I can see some people getting offended by the portrayals in The Shithouse Strangler. It’s actually a pretty funny parody of the way they were portrayed in many films back then.
Director Rowbotham and writer David Fenn, who also plays the killer, have come up with a funny and affectionate jab at the films we grew up watching. It’s certainly worth the ten minutes it takes to watch it. You can check out the Bifon Films Facebook page and YouTube channel for more info and more of their films.