Looking for a nice little thriller? The Strangler fits the bill nicely! It reminds me of a very good episode of CSI or Law & Order: SVU. Veteran character Victor Buono [Whatever Happened to Baby Jane; Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte] is excellent as Leo Kroll, a lab technician who has mother issues. [Echoes of Psycho, indeed!] The character is based on the Boston Strangler as well as profiles of other serial killers. The film came out nearly three months after the Boston Strangler claimed his final victim which is creepy to say the least.
Ellen Corby [Grandma in The Waltons] stars as Leo's mother, Mrs. Kroll. She is perfect in the role and channels a bit of Norman Bate's mama as she tells Leo that nobody can love him like she does. [Ick!] The cinematography is quite good and the copy that is available for download at Archive.org is really nice. [You can also watch this film in parts on YouTube.] The music score is also excellent and sets the mood for the film.
While The Strangler breaks no new ground and pulls no surprises it is a well acted nicely conceived film. It's not as good as Psycho [What other film is?] but it is much better than I expected it to be. Don't miss it.
RATING: Very Good
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