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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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KING OF THE MONSTERS! KARLOFF IN HIS NEW HORROR HIT! (original print ad - all caps) 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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John Croydon wrote this film and First Man Into Space (1959) back-to-back. See more »

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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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Featured in Son of Svengoolie: The Haunted Strangler (1958) (1980) See more »

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The Haunted Strangler (1958) **1/2
10 February 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Set in Victorian times, Boris Karloff plays a determined writer who becomes obsessed with a twenty-year-old case surrounding "The Haymarket Strangler" and intends to prove that the young man who was hanged for the murders two decades earlier was in fact innocent. All evidence seems to point to a certain Dr. Tenant who used a surgeon's knife to not only choke the life out of his victims, but to slash their flesh as well. But the details of Tenant's life and whereabouts since the crimes remains a mystery, one which Karloff comes to learn hits closer to home for him than he suspected.

It's amazing to realize that Boris Karloff was nearly 70 when he appeared in this film as it is impressive to see him perform so vigorously in a very physically demanding role. He is required to undergo very strenuous activity as he contorts his body and facial features to simulate a Jekyll/Hyde madman on the loose -- upper teeth gnawing spasmodically at his lower lip, one eye half-closed, a twisted arm wielding a scalpel. At more refined times, Karloff is very dedicated in his role as the well-meaning but disoriented author on a road to madness.

There is no question that there are some powerful moments in this feature, and it is highly required viewing for any fan of Karloff. Unfortunately, the film bears a weight of becoming tedious on occasion, so first-time viewers would want to make allowances for this in between the thrills. **1/2 out of ****


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