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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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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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Trivia

John Croydon wrote this film and First Man Into Space (1959) back-to-back. See more »

Goofs

In the graveyard scene, the bones of Edward Styles are displayed so that his hip bones are placed up by his shoulders, perhaps indicating scapula. See more »

Quotes

James Rankin: You mean he killed while in some sort of trance?
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Referenced in Haunted Memories (2007) See more »

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Solid performance from the Master
19 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A researcher (Boris Karloff) investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

I love that this film was given the star treatment by Criterion. It's definitely not one of the better-known Karloff films, which is a bit of a shame, because it's at least as good as anything he did for AIP. Maybe horror fans need to pay more attention to Criterion.

The simplicity of the transformation is great. Apparently the originally script called for more of a "possession" angle, and then it developed into more of a physical thing -- sort of Jack the Ripper meets Jekyll and Hyde. And Karloff nails it. By simply taking out his dentures, he successfully plays two very different people.


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