Strait-Jacket (1964)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Release Date - Jan 19, 1964 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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In this chilling blood-tale in "Psycho" style, Robert Bloch modernizes the Lizzy Borden story. A wife (Joan Crawford) literally axes her cheating husband and his lover, witnessed by her three-year-old daughter. Mom is packed off to the insane asylum for 20 years before reuniting with the daughter (Diane Baker). From this point, the axe murders continue along a contrived plot intended to lead the audience astray until the mystery is solved. Crawford's strong performance and the excellently constructed suspense are the best elements of the film -- and the chopping saves the show when the plot tends to slow.

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axe, craziness, daughter, false-accusation, investigation, killing, maniac, mental-illness, murder, release, supernatural, suspicion