Strait-Jacket (1965)
dir.  William Castle
               

 

         OK.  I am real behind on William Castle which is probably shameful.  I loved The House on Haunted Hill and I saw The Tingler so long ago that I don’t remember what I thought of it. I didn’t care much for Homicidal. 
         
           I have wanted to watch this one for a while and it did not disappoint.  Strait-Jacket pulled me in right away.  The music mixed with some creepy paintings or types of drawings of beheaded people set the tone. 
     
           Joan Crawford, who is more than likely awesome in every role she plays, is Lucy, a killer who axes her husband after she catches him messing around with another woman.  She is recently released from an asylum after 20 years.  Lucy goes to meet her daughter and that is when the tension kicks in. 
    
            I won’t say anything else about this one.  If you are a super sleuth like MacGyver, you may be able to figure out all the craziness in Strait-jacket.  It was filled with twists and turns and I am almost always incorrect about figuring out who is actually doing what and when.  That lame part of me worked to my advantage here since this one shocked me more than that Ace Frehley song. Whatever.  Highly Recommended. 
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