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.
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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.
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.
Boris Karloff selling this premise totally by going from old friendly grandfather to a grinning deformed killer. Surprising violent touches (for it's time) but the worst thing is that it ends with a predictable ending.