Grip of the Strangler (The Haunted Strangler)
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Grip of the Strangler (The Haunted Strangler)
There's a bit of Oedipus Rex in The Haunted Strangler, though it's not readily apparent at first. Boris Karloff plays 19th-century novelist James Rankin, who becomes obsessed with the long-closed case of the Haymarket Strangler. Twenty years earlier, a man named Styles (Michael Atkinson) was executed for the Strangler's crimes, but was he guilty? It turns out that the actual culprit was the surgeon who performed Styles' autopsy. Coming into possession of the surgeon's scalpel, Rankin is overwhelmed by mixed feelings of bloodlust and guilt. It is at this point that Rankin… More

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"[Boris Karloff is] again near the top of his game as the best thing about this slow but effective Victorian who-actually-done-it."
‑ Mark Bourne,
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