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The Strangler (1964)

Approved | | Horror | 1 April 1964 (USA)
An overweight lab technician with low self esteem, brought on by his dominant mother, becomes a serial killer of female nurses.

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Burt Topper
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Buono ... Leo Kroll
David McLean ... Lt. Frank Benson
Diane Sayer ... Barbara Wells
Davey Davison ... Tally Raymond
Baynes Barron ... Sgt. Mack Clyde
Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Kroll
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Detective Mel Posner (as Michael M. Ryan)
Russ Bender ... Dr. Clarence Sanford
Jeanne Bates ... Clara Thomas, the Nurse
Wally Campo ... Eggerton
Mimi Dillard Mimi Dillard ... Thelma
Byron Morrow ... Dr. Morton
John Yates John Yates ... Intern
James Sikking ... Police Sketch Artist
Robert Cranford Robert Cranford ... Jack Rosten
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Storyline

Leo Kroll, a lab technician in a large unnamed city, is responsible for the strangulation murders of several young nurses. He feels that in some twisted way, that he is getting back at his overbearing shrew of a mother. Leo also kills the nurse who is taking care of his mother in the rest home she is staying at. As a result, Mrs. Kroll dies from a heart attack. He also kills an arcade worker whom he feels can identify him. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boston Strangler See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Released nearly 3 months after the real Boston Strangler claimed his final victim. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Morton is a handed a closed manila file on the lie detector test taken by Leo Kroll and then it is open. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the main opening titles, actor Michael Ryan has the middle initial "M" in his billing, but it is not in the full cast list in the end credits. See more »

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Oddball but quite good low budget thriller about schlubby serial killer Victor Bruno
29 April 2018 | by a_chinnSee all my reviews

Oddball, but enjoyable low-budget horror film features Victor Bruno as an overweight, insecure lab technician with an overbearing mother, which somehow drives him to become a serial killer, strangling nurses at the hospital where he works. "The Strangler" capitalized on Bruno's Oscar nominated performance in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" and although this clearly a lesser film, it does have a low rent William Castle type of charm. Bruno carries the film, giving a creepy performance as an unassuming killer along the lines of David Berkowitz or John Wayne Gacy, far removed from the usual more flamboyant of serial killers presented on films (i.e. Hannibal Lecter, Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho," Harry Powell in "Night of the Hunter", etc.). Overall, it's not a classic and is not for all tastes, but if you're in the mood for something along the lines of "Strait-Jacket" or "Homicidal," you'd probably enjoy this low budget chiller.


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