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The Haunted Strangler (1958)

Grip of the Strangler (original title)
A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

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Barbara Rankin
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Supt. Burk
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Pearl
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Dr. Kenneth McColl
Diane Aubrey ...
Lily Rankin
Max Brimmell ...
Newgate Prison Turnkey
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Newgate Prison Governor
Jessica Cairns ...
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Dorothy Gordon ...
Hannah
Desmond Roberts ...
Dr. Johnson
Roy Russell ...
Medical Superintendent
Derek Birch ...
Guyse Hospital Superintendent
Peggy Ann Clifford ...
Kate
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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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KING OF THE MONSTERS! KARLOFF IN HIS NEW HORROR HIT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Horror

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24 April 1959 (Netherlands)  »

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The Haunted Strangler  »

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£70,000 (estimated)
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Elizabeth Allan and Diane Aubrey play mother and daughter; it is the former's final theatrical film and the latter's first. See more »

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In the graveyard scene, the bones of Edward Styles are displayed so that his hip bones are placed up by his shoulders, perhaps indicating scapula. See more »

Quotes

James Rankin: You mean he killed while in some sort of trance?
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Dr. Boris and Mr. Karloff!
2 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

The fabulous BBC couldn't possibly start the new year 2006 better than by showing this little known but surprisingly gripping 50's chiller. "Grip of the Strangler" is excellent (but scandalously underrated) with one of Karloff's most impeccable performances and a gloomy Victorian atmosphere. The screenplay is a extra violent variation on the famous "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" story, with Boris as a respected novelist investigating a serial-killer case that took place 20 years earlier. According to his research, the person who got executed was actually innocent, and he intend to use the case to make a statement regarding the lousy defense poor people receive when they're on trial. He discovers a LOT more than he bargained for, however, and he as well as his family are about to meet the real Haymarket Strangler... This film contains a lot of tension, engaging plot-twists and some very grim moments. The opening sequence, for example, is extremely disturbing as it shows a public hanging where a crowd of socially low classed people are laughing hysterically (!). The make up effects on the mad-raving killer are genuinely scary and the filming locations really fit the obscure nature of the Victorian era. There are nasty cemeteries, dark police archives and – above all – the Judas Hole; a sleazy nightclub where there's little left to the imagination. Great shocker, definitely one of the best story-driven horror films since Val Lewton's finest productions of the early 40's. A must for all fans of classic horror!


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