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Strait-Jacket

Strait-Jacket

1964
Suspense/Thriller
Horror
1h 33m
After a 20 year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior. (imdb)
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Strait-Jacket

1964
Suspense/Thriller
Horror
1h 33m
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Avg Percentile 54.93% from 161 total ratings

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Rated 15 Nov 2008
85
84th
Strangely plotted thriller couples the talents of Crawford and writer Bloch with schlockmeister extraordinaire Castle. So yeah, it's basicly Psycho aimed at the gay demographic, but regardless it's still a very enjoyable romp. OK, that came out wrong.
Rated 18 Feb 2013
60
49th
Between the style and the gloriously silly Scooby-doo ending, there's enough to keep you interested, even if the movie as a whole is a mishmash melodrama.
Rated 03 Feb 2008
90
86th
Wonderfully fun and overhyped the way only William Castle did it. SHE'S INSANE! SHE'S INSANE! Also love what they did to the Columbia Pictures logo at the end
Rated 03 Jun 2011
90
90th
William Castle sets out to prove what we've all secretly known deep down: That all melodramas should feature mentally unstable axe murderers. I absolutely loved this from the opening shot and to the very last line of dialogue. Larger than life performance by Crawford and a delightfully over the top score makes this an extremely entertaining watch.
Rated 01 Apr 2024
70
51st
Great opening then the rest mostly just a vehicle for Crawford to do her thing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
72
41st
Starts out as a mediocre trashy B-movie, but gets pretty good at the end.
Rated 18 Feb 2013
50
43rd
Interesting from an audio perspective, in so far that it is from the 'one volume fits all' school of sound editing. Also it has a particularly hilarious 'what have we learned today, Johnny' kind of ending. Joan Crawford is acting her socks off, and Diane Baker is cute as buttons, but it won't take a modern day viewer long to figure out what other movie it riffs on. Hint: It's 'Psycho'.
Rated 02 Oct 2012
60
68th
The story was kind of fun, although predictable. Joan Crawford's overacting and general unpleasantness were really annoying though.
Rated 16 Jul 2011
75
65th
Thin George Kennedy.
Rated 12 Jun 2011
70
65th
There's a humour, no doubt about it, to the way Castle yanks everything, from central performance to music, up to a fever pitch. This also gets bothersome, though. Whether or not you have an idea about where the movie is going, the ending is quite good.
Rated 19 Oct 2011
89
92nd
Joan Crawford is perfect for this role, but I don't want to deny Diane Baker her due, who gives perhaps an even better performance. Intense and somewhat scary, but mostly it's just a wonderful time.
Rated 28 Nov 2010
72
35th
Poor woman's Psycho which pretty well telegraphs its plot. Still the ending is rather haunting. Joan gives a well thought out performance, but Diane Baker is who really sells it in the end.
Rated 28 Nov 2009
57
35th
Moderately creepy grade B slasher is lifted somewhat by Crawford.
Rated 21 Oct 2009
5
81st
Deliciously fun camp.
Rated 29 Feb 2016
40
27th
Robert Bloch pens yet another Psycho, also meant to capitalize on Crawford's previous vehicle, Baby Jane. Crawford really hams it up as always, and though it telegraphs the twist, nothing prepares the viewer for the explanatory finale's ludicrosity (it's even worse than Psycho's).
Rated 16 Jun 2017
80
81st
watched: 2017, 2022
Rated 24 May 2019
70
42nd
William Castle clearly intends this as a "Psycho" cash-in going so far as to commission that book's author Robert Bloch to write the screenplay. It's a lot broader and more pulpy and melodramatic, but that's really a good thing. Crawford plays it big. Kennedy plays it big. Really ... the movie itself plays it big. The identity of the killer is pretty obvious, but this is a lot of fun.
Rated 01 Oct 2022
65
42nd
I feel bad for Joan Crawford, just because she is one of the greatest actors of all-time, yet was stuck doing these B-films in her later years. On the other hand, she is absolutely crushing these roles. Like if you stuck Steph Curry on a G-League team.
Rated 08 Jan 2024
80
64th
Almas Mortas estreava há 60 anos nos EUA. Esse Castle é mezzo óbvio mezzo, surpresa, já que dá pra saber mais ou menos o final pelo início e pelo fato do roteirista ser o Robert Bloch, mas nem por isso deixa de ser uma jornada maravilhosa sobre as old hags dos anos 60. YTS.
Rated 28 Oct 2008
60
21st
Okay, this has to be one of the funniest movies ever. Between Robert Bloch's ham-handed script and Crawford's overwrought performance, I was laughing so hard I thought stuff was gonna come out of my nose! The premise is pretty much set up by the opening sequence (so no great mystery there). Also, hard not to think of Joan and Christina while you're watching this...especially when she's wielding that ax (look out for the roses!). One good turn: George Kennedy as the shabbily insolent handyman.

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