USA 2004, 86 min.
John Landis, who’s made some of the great American comedies of the last 30 years (Animal House, Trading Places and The Blues Brothers to name a few) makes his first documentary, a peek into the even-sleazier-than-you-imagined world of the car salesman. And there’s no car salesman like Slasher’s “star,” beer-swilling, gravel-voiced Michael Bennett. Shot in Memphis, the film captures the man whose innate talent for creating “slasher sales” and unloading crappy cars is a horrific/hilarious sight you won’t soon forget. He’s a manic-depressive alcoholic car-wreck of a guy, and yet he has a devoted, loving wife and family at home, and a staff of hard-working (and equally hard-drinking) partners who follow him anywhere. Slasher is a true story about a bunch of born liars, with a cast of salesmen—and startlingly naive car-buyers (yes, there’s still a sucker born every minute)—that no one could have made up. Driven by a spectacular soundtrack of soul-stirring Stax hits, it’s an uproarious slice of American life.