Strait-Jacket (1964) – Scare Daniel Podcast Episode 120
“Do you want to date a doctor?”
Zombie Daniel and Mummy Corky return from the dead for the 2022 edition of Scare Daniel. This is the fifth installment of our October horror movie series, meaning we’ve reached A New Beginning in Friday the 13th years. William Castle’s Strait-Jacket is a middling Psycho meets Gaslight proto-slasher movie that telegraphs its plot twists more than Western Union. But it’s elevated by Joan Crawford’s remarkably committed, possessed and highly physical turn as an ax murderess returning home from the asylum.
Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss hags-ploitation movies, air stabbing, Bosley Crowther claptrap and Scare Daniel in space.
STRAIT-JACKET (1964) FACTS AND FIGURES
U.S. theatrical debut: Jan. 8, 1964
Critics scores: 88 on Rotten Tomatoes
This week’s darer: Ryan L. Terry
Ryan’s dare: “After Baby Jane and before Dunaway would re-immortalize her in Mommie Dearest, THE legendary Joan Crawford stars in Strait-Jacket as Lucy Harbin, a woman who came home to find her husband in bed with his lover, then lobbed off both their heads! She is sent to an insane asylum for twenty years, and then returns home haunted by the ghosts of her past. I know that it has a high RT score, but I am not entirely sure what I think of this movie. Since I cannot make up my mind about this one, I am daring you guys to watch it!”
IMDB synopsis: “After a twenty-year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.”
This week’s referenced movies: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?; Mommie Dearest; Matinee; Psycho; Friday the 13th: A New Beginning; The Three Faces of Eve; The Women (1939); Who Framed Roger Rabbit?; Napoleon Dynamite; Cool Hand Luke; Sleepaway Camp; Chinatown; Ryan’s Babe; Gaslight; The Naked Gun
Ratings: Daniel – Reverse Dare; Corky – Reverse Dare
CLIPS AND CLIPPINGS
Theatrical trailer for Strait-Jacket (1964)
Joan on the phone in The Women
John Goodman in the Castle-inspired Matinee
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