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Joan Crawford's totally committed performance as a psychotic axe murderer that may or may not be up to her old tricks makes this William Castle curiosity watchable from start to finish.
Joan Crawford is absolutely magnificent.
witnessed by her three-year-old daughter?
In 1964, William Castle would employ the biggest gimmick of his movie making career - Joan Crawford as an ax murderer in Strait-Jacket. Say what you like about Crawford, she never gave any performance less than one hundred percent, and in STRAIT-JACKET she gives one hundred and fifty. This slasher film has a very high quality of dialogue and performance. Crawford's strong performance and the excellently constructed suspense are the best elements of the film -- and the chopping
Stars: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson, George Kennedy
It would be mediocre but its elevated by a Joan Crawford performance worthy of much stronger material. She gave it her all and shines brightly enough to make it good.
The movie was campy, but it was a good choice by William Castle to get Joan Crawford to play the main character. She was seasoned in years by the time she did the film but she still looks good. I notice that Castle did not use any gimmicks in this movie except for her. How much the star has fallen for an Oscar winning actress to do b-grade horror.A step up from his last movie with a similar Hitchcock premise to it, homicidal, Crawford plays a woman who spent 20 years in a loony bin for killing her husband and his lover with an Axe. Attempting to get her life together and bond with the daughter she left behind, Joan's character Lucy finds herself slowly going insane again.The movie is way more develop than homicidal and is given justice by Crawford's acting skills, despite how outdated some of the dialog is. Watching her Axe her husband in the beginning was worth the watch overall.
Strait-JacketÂ (1964) teamed the lucky William Castle not only with Oscar-winning star Joan Crawford, but also with screenwriter Robert Bloch, who had written the famous novelÂ Psycho; and indeed, it hasÂ Psycho-like tendencies. This one has a very high quality of dialogue and performance, not only by Crawford and Baker, but also by George Kennedy as a lumbering, sneering hired hand. Though Castle's even, medium style of shooting still applies here.
yes, it's a B movie and is somewhat cheesy, but overall, it's not bad at all. some nice suspense at times, and there are a couple of surprises. joan crawford is somewhat sad though. her desperation to look younger is soo obvious, and she doesn't succeed.
So campy that it's good! The plot is unbelievably good! The cast played their roles really well!
The scriptwriter of Psycho, Robert Bloch,also wrote this screenplay. While Strait-Jacket is not nearly of the same standard as Pyscho, this is a fun, over the top, camp horror movie from William Castle.