19th-century English author James Rankin (Boris Karloff) believes that the wrong man was hanged twenty years earlier for a series of murders, but his investigations lead him to a horrible, and, for him, gruesomely inescapable secret. —The Criterion Collection
Robert Day (1922-) b. Sheen, England. An exciting British talent who sank deep into the trough of mediocre TV movies, Day was another cameraman who turned to direction. In the 1950s, the signs were all good. He achieved fine atmospheric effects amid believable high melodrama in three bloodcurdlers, and showed a nice, sense of crazy comedy in the gut-busting Two-Way Stretch (1960), the apogee of all Peter Sellers‘ British comedies. There was Tony Hancock‘s funniest comedy, The Rebel (1961) and also Tarzan the Magnificent (1960), the best Tarzan film since the 1930s. But television was already reaching out its tentacles. There were a few more Tarzan films, good at first then indifferent, in all senses, and the disastrous She (1965), in which Day seemed to have lost all his flair for atmosphere and chills – and in a Hammer film too! By this time he was making countless episodes of TV series, at first in Britain (Danger ManlSecret Agent) then America (The FBI, A Man Called Ironside, and… read more
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. The Haunted Strangler starts off like a clone of Corridors of Blood that takes forever to get off the ground. The good news is it gets pretty good once it does. Unfortunately the low budget imposes a claustrophobic itch you can't really scratch before the end but Boris Karloff's killer was pretty clever. A pretty decent B-movie.
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.