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The Haunted Strangler (1958)

Grip of the Strangler (original title)
A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

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James Rankin
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Cora Seth
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Barbara Rankin
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Supt. Burk
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Pearl
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Dr. Kenneth McColl
Diane Aubrey ...
Lily Rankin
Max Brimmell ...
Newgate Prison Turnkey
Leslie Perrins ...
Newgate Prison Governor
Jessica Cairns ...
Asylum Maid
Dorothy Gordon ...
Hannah
Desmond Roberts ...
Dr. Johnson
Roy Russell ...
Medical Superintendent
Derek Birch ...
Guyse Hospital Superintendent
Peggy Ann Clifford ...
Kate
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Storyline

A writer investigating the execution of a serial killer known as "The Haymarket Strangler" 20 years previously begins to suspect that the wrong man might have been hanged. However, when he picks up a scalpel used by the murderer, he finds himself possessed by the killer's spirit and begins committing similar murders. Written by Anonymous

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Karloff-KING OF MONSTERS-In His New Picture of 1,000 Horrors! See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Horror

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24 April 1959 (Netherlands)  »

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The Haunted Strangler  »

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£70,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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The asylum kitchen maid sings the popular Victorian music hall song "The Rat Catcher's Daughter", written by the Rev. Edward Bradley and Sam Cowell in the early 1860s. In the song, the unnamed daughter drowns herself in the River Thames after being rejected by a man nicknamed "Lilly White Sand" (who sells sand dug out from the river's bank). In the last verse the remorseful Lilly White cuts his own throat with a shard from a broken pane of glass. Although not sung in the film, contemporary London audiences would recognised this musical nod to the previous scene where Rankin/Tennant has slashed the guard's neck in the same way. See more »

Goofs

One scene shows an evidence box from the Jack the Ripper case but the Haymarket Strangler that starts the movie took place in 1860 and the rest of the movie is 20 years later(1880). The Ripper killings were in 1888, 8 years after the movie takes place. See more »

Quotes

James Rankin: I'm sorry, Barbara, but a man must do the work in which he believes!
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Underrated Retro-Revival Ala Modern Mayhem - Aging but Energetic Karloff
14 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This came on the Heels of the Hammer Explosion that Ignited a New Interest in Horror Movies. What Surprises in this Low-Budget Find is just how Violent and Sexy it is.

The Killings are a Two-Step Ritual by the Demented Strangler...a Squeeze to the Throat and Multiple Stabbings with a Scalpel that can be Disturbing (especially in 1958). Gruesome Stuff.

The Serial Murders also are Sexually Charged Female Teasing with Various Stages of Undress Unleashing the "Monster" Inside the Insane Schizo/Psycho.

A Buxom Can-Can Gal in a Low-Cut Dress gets a Frontal Dousing of Champagne, for Example. The Knife is Seen On Screen as the Phallic Symbol it is.

Karloff is Still on His Game and gives an Energetic Soft/Hard Performance that Showcases His Talent. The Supporters don't come off as well with Anthony Dawson Rising Above the Rest.

Overall, it's a High-Caliber Retro Revival of the Universal/Lewton Years with a Distinctive Direction towards the Modern. An Underrated Movie that is Essential Viewing for Horror and Karloff Fans. Others Might Find it Better than They Expect.


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