Boris Karloff - Grip of The Strangler (In the US: The Haunted Strangler)

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Boris Karloff - Grip of The Strangler (In the US: The Haunted Strangler)

Postby Paul Gordon » January 28th, 2011, 1:59 am

Any horror fans recall this great 1958 British movie? It's one of my favs. Very atmospheric. I first saw it in 1970 and then spent 1971 hiding under the sofa! Well, if you too are a fan - you might like to know it's being re-released with 17 mins of extra footage that was cut by the censor. I'll send detail when I have it.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 28th, 2011, 8:25 am

Paul, this is a great flick for Karloff fans. Even though made in England in the late 1950s, everyone carries on as if it's a 1930s Universal horror film. I have the film on DVD (can't recall if it's from the UK or US), but have never heard of 17 minutes being cut out!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 28th, 2011, 8:31 am

Just a note: the box cover you show is the DVD that's been on sale for several years--not a new release or uncut version.
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Re: Boris Karloff - Grip of The Strangler (In the US: The Haunted Strangler)

Postby Paul Gordon » January 28th, 2011, 8:37 am

Hi Richard. Yes, the box is an old one; but the only one I could find a pic of. The UK censor cut MANY films of the 50's to 1970...and many are being rebuilt as it were! More news later...

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Re: Boris Karloff - Grip of The Strangler (In the US: The Haunted Strangler)

Postby Doc Dixon » January 28th, 2011, 9:35 am

Loved Karloff movies. Every time I see a commercial for Hoarders or some other show that portrays people of questionable mental status, I think of the movie Bedlam and how the mentally ill were "displayed".

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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 28th, 2011, 7:34 pm

Eagerly waiting to hear more!
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Re: Boris Karloff - Grip of The Strangler (In the US: The Haunted Strangler)

Postby Ryan Matney » January 29th, 2011, 12:21 pm

This is the movie where due to budget restrictions there was no make-up to create Karloff's transformation into the monster.

So Karloff supposedly asked if he could take a shot at it using only his acting skills. He removed his dental partial, messed up his hair and contorted his body and face creating a monster.

I think it's one of his best performances.

I have the Criterion release of this and I always thought it was complete at 79 minutes.
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Re: Boris Karloff - Grip of The Strangler (In the US: The Haunted Strangler)

Postby Paul Gordon » January 29th, 2011, 12:28 pm

Ryan Matney wrote:
I have the Criterion release of this and I believe it is complete at 79 minutes.


The other 17.5 mins are on the new release...coming March 2011
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Re: Boris Karloff - Grip of The Strangler (In the US: The Haunted Strangler)

Postby Ryan Matney » January 29th, 2011, 12:31 pm

Very cool to learn there is more of something you like!
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Re: Boris Karloff - Grip of The Strangler (In the US: The Haunted Strangler)

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 29th, 2011, 2:09 pm

The Criterion release was stupidly overpriced so I never bought it. Have it on laser disc. :)
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Re: Boris Karloff - Grip of The Strangler (In the US: The Haunted Strangler)

Postby Paul Gordon » January 30th, 2011, 12:23 am

In the UK, you can get it for three quid! (About $5). See http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grip-Strangler- ... 936&sr=8-1

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Re: Boris Karloff - Grip of The Strangler (In the US: The Haunted Strangler)

Postby Ryan Matney » January 30th, 2011, 4:14 am

Richard,

Well you did get good prints of 4 movies but yeah it was overpriced.
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