Synopsis by Mark Deming
Director John Landis, best known for comedies such as Animal House and The Blues Brothers, turns to the documentary genre with this feature-length profile of high-strung freelance used-car salesman Michael Bennett. For the right price, Bennett and his team of salesmen will come to your used-car dealership and work the customers as they move out as many vehicles as possible during a three-day blowout sale. Slasher offers an inside look at Bennett's personal life and the long road to his current success, as well as revealing some of the tricks of the car-dealing trade -- not all of which appear to be entirely scrupulous. Slasher (the title comes from Bennett's nickname, as well as his trick of "slashing prices," most of which have been artificially raised first) was produced for broadcast on the premium cable network The Independent Film Channel.
behind-the-scenes, capitalism, consumerism, sales-techniques, selling, used-car-salesman