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Grip of the Strangler (The Haunted Strangler) Reviews

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November 11, 2012
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?!
½ October 29, 2012
Bizarre Version of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde Legend--An atmospheric period thriller!!
April 24, 2012
A classic! Thank you, Hulu Plus!
½ October 20, 2011
A good looking horror film with an interesting story. Karloff gives a nice performance.
½ October 16, 2011
October 2011
REVIEW #:011
THE HAUNTED STRANGLER/ THE GRIP OF A STRANGLER [1958]: This lesser known and underrated Boris Karloff starring horror-mystery film set in the late Victorian Era is one neat little film. The movie starts off in 1860 London where a sadistic strangler is hung, and then 20 years later in 1880 a Novelist (played by Karloff) researches into the case and discovers that an innocent man has been hung. The Novelist discovers the most likely culprit for the crime spree was the doctor that did the autopsies on both the victims and upon the strangler. When this new evidence comes to light again a new strangler appears and the killings start again. With a very good performance by Karloff and with moody Black & White cinematography THE GRIP OF A STRANGLER gets a solid 70% from me.
September 26, 2011
20 years after the Haymarket Strangler is executed novelist Karloff tries to prove his innocence. It leads him to the underbelly of London & the shocking true identity of the killer. Grip of the Strangler sorta builds & unless you're a fan of really old school horror you might be inclined to abandon it (even @ it's brisk running time)..DON'T...once Karloff gets the sinister urge this really picks up & proves why Karloff is a master of character horror. His facial contortions makes you believe that a mad man is truly brewing inside. In fact it's sorta unnerving & truthfully quite brilliant. Fans of his should check this one out if they happened to let it slip through the cracks. Would have a good double bill w/ Corridors of Blood released the same year
Super Reviewer
August 31, 2011
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.
August 28, 2011
It kind of goes on too long. The climactic event happens, then the movie drifts through another fairly substantial act. But, this is a pretty good movie. Good cast. Karloff is excellent. The film is quite grim, and has some surprisingly brutal bits for the era.
½ July 16, 2011
a well written and unusual story that seems a little bit different than what you would expect if you only watch the first 15 minutes of the movie. but all around a good movie worth a watch
½ December 17, 2010
Fantastisk! Utrolig hva så lite virkemidler og svarthvitt kan gjøre. Boris Karloff som ønsker å løse en gammel gåte og inn lurer det seg en liten Jekyll/Hyde...
November 29, 2009
a very enjoyable 50s horror/suspense film. i liked how the melodramaticism was very much played down and allowed "gray areas" to peak through in the characters' lives
½ October 19, 2009
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.
October 7, 2009
The first half of the film is more of a mystery than a horror film as writer Boris Karloff investigates the ??half-stranglings??, stabbings of several women 20 years ago. It??s a little ho-hum but when Karloff goes buggy with the blade, his transformed lip-sucking face is quite disgusting. I was definitely shocked by the intensity of one of the killings and the film climaxes with an exciting foot chase, but it??s slow going (which is tough with a running time of 77 minutes). Still, Karloff is the energizer bunny at 71 and throws himself into the role full force. VF.
July 7, 2009
"The haunted strangler" more like "the retarded stabber"
March 4, 2009
Solid B-movie gothic horror highlighted by an excellent performance by horror icon Boris Karloff. It require some serious leaps in logic, but director Robert Day makes excellent use of his low production values. Enjoyable for fans of classic horror.
February 7, 2009
Awesome little supsense/horror film with a surprising twist. Karloff is absolutely awesome. The way he manipulates his face into its own kind of mask is amazing.
½ July 21, 2008
Inpiration for The Number 23? I'm not sure but there are some similarities. A strange movie, part detective, part monster movie, the shift between the two is almost too sudden.
May 25, 2008
It's a pleasure to watch Karloff transform from a gentile man to a mad murderer, he performs the opposites really well.
½ April 10, 2008
The haunted strangler has the superman complex. Where you can't understand why in the world nobody can recognize Clark Kent, here I can DEFINATELY not understand why nobody could recognize the main character.

The story has an interesting setting. All the pieces to the puzzle work very well into the story, and just when reveals become critical the answer to all questions make very little sense. Imagine if at the end of the Maltese Falcon we found out Sam Spade had killed his partner and was truly the one that was after the falcon all along, orchestrating everything! We would have felt cheated, and couldn't understand why the entire story took place. It's the same here with the haunted strangler. A lot of great story set-up and not that great a delivery.

The characters are interesting, the investigation is interesting, the way the film is shot makes it a good watch, but the story doesn't deliver all the way. I would recommend the haunted strangler, but it might irritate you in its reveal.
February 14, 2008
Boris Karloff is great! Thanks Flixster for finally adding this :)
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