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The Haunted Strangler (1958)

Grip of the Strangler (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Horror | 11 May 1958 (USA)
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A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

Director:

Robert Day

Writers:

John Croydon (as John C. Cooper), Jan Read (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... James Rankin
Jean Kent ... Cora Seth
Elizabeth Allan ... Barbara Rankin
Anthony Dawson ... Supt. Burk
Vera Day ... Pearl
Tim Turner ... Dr. Kenneth McColl
Diane Aubrey Diane Aubrey ... Lily Rankin
Max Brimmell Max Brimmell ... Newgate Prison Turnkey
Leslie Perrins ... Newgate Prison Governor
Jessica Cairns Jessica Cairns ... Asylum Maid
Dorothy Gordon ... Hannah
Desmond Roberts ... Dr. Johnson
Roy Russell Roy Russell ... Medical Superintendent
Derek Birch Derek Birch ... Guyse Hospital Superintendent
Peggy Ann Clifford 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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Their wild beauty marked them for death by . . . The Haunted Strangler See more »

Genres:

Crime | Mystery | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP70,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #367. 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 »

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James Rankin: I'm sorry, Barbara, but a man must do the work in which he believes!
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The Haymarket Strangler Returns!
30 October 2015 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Boris Karloff plays a man who comes to believe that a serial killer from 20 years previously was innocent of the murders for which he was hanged. The case starts to consume him, literally...

Based on the story "Stranglehold" written by Jan Read, pic unfolds as a creepy take of the Jekyll and Hyde kind. It's never overtly scary, but the atmospherics are palpable and the period flavours superb. This never resorts to cheap thrills, and unusually for the era of film making it doesn't rely on effects work for the transformation sequences - it is just Karloff acting!

Plenty of horror movie staples are adhered to, such as a hanging, a coffin opening, an awful prison and an asylum, whilst that even though there's a little filler that could have been cut from the running time, Karloff and the intriguing mystery part of the narrative marry up to the atmosphere to round out a good old classic horror yarn. 7/10


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