Leo Kroll, a lab technician in a large unnamed city, is responsible for the strangulation murders of several young nurses. He feels that in some twisted way, that he is getting back at his overbearing shrew of a mother. Leo also kills the nurse who is taking care of his mother in the rest home she is staying at. As a result, Mrs. Kroll dies from a heart attack. He also kills an arcade worker whom he feels is can identify him. Written by
Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
I watched this film for the first time when I was about 8 years old and I thought it was rather creepy. I'm now 36 and I see this film for what it is, pure exploitation. The only ones that turn in credible performance is Victor Buono as Leo Kroll the strangler and Helen Corby as Leo's harpy of a mother. All the rest of the actors in this flick are a bunch of amatures and this was probably the only jobs they could get at the time. But the thing that I think makes this is an exploitation pic is that the victims, for the most part, are all in various stages of undress just before they are murdered, especially the third victim who is killed in the shower ("Psycho" rip off anyone). This is quite interesting because of the fact that this was filmed in 1964, four years before the MPAA ratings were initiated and this surely would have gotten a PG-13 by today's standards. Other than the performances, this is not a bad flick considering the exploitive nature of it.
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