Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom, 1958. Amalgamated Productions. Screenplay by Jan Read, John Croydon, from the story Stranglehold by Jan Read. Cinematography by Lionel Banes. Produced by John Croydon. Music by Buxton Orr. Production Design by John Elphick. Costume Design by Anna Duse. Film Editing by Peter Mayhew.
Boris Karloff is once again the well-meaning man who cannot help but be a villain in this juicy horror picture. He plays a Victorian author researching the infamous “Haymarket Strangler” of twenty years earlier, intent on proving that the man who went to the gallows for the crimes of choking young women to death was wrongfully accused. The main crux of Karloff’s argument is a missing surgeon’s knife that, once found, could help prove his theory. Unfortunately, when it is located, it brings the situation far closer to home than he could possibly have meant it to. Great photography and period details plus a director who knows exactly what kind of movie he is making provide for a fun little chiller.
The Criterion Collection: #367