Grip of the Strangler (The Haunted Strangler) (1958)
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as James Rankin
as Supt. Burk
as Barbara Rankin
as Kenneth McColl
as Cora Seth
as Prison Governor
as Dr. Johnson
as Male Nurse
as Medical Supt.
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A real grave-digging horror classic. A murderous psychopath is strangling and then stabbing various damsels in distress, all the while James Rankin takes it upon himself to play inspector and discover the true identity of the killer. Is there a serial killer on the loose, or are there much darker underlying presences hidden beneath the murky surface... such as possession?!
Boris Karloff delivers a damn fine performance in this gripping gem of British Horror. First off it should be stated that Karloff was a genius. He could provoke more fear from the audience with as little as a weird facial expression, than all of modern cinemas most expensive CGI technology. Secondly it should be stated that the less you know about this movie before watching it the better. The description here pretty much gives the whole thing away, so I'm glad I didn't read it before before watching this. Lastly it should be stated that this is simply a great mystery story, that will keep its audience guessing throughout. It did remind me of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at times, but this had enough of its own thing going on, that it easily stands on its own, despite some minor similarities to other, better known horror stories. I'm surprised that so few people have seen this one, especially since it has been given the Criterion treatment. Either way I couldn't recommend this one enough to fans of the old school of horror.
A decent spin on the Dr. Jeckyl/Mr. Hyde tale, good acting and generally not that bad. But it is forgettable, and requires you to be quite generous with your suspension of disbelief. Not a whole lot of action, either.
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