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Actors: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson, Howard St. John, John Anthony Hayes
Director: William Castle
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2002     1hr 33min

A woman, recently released after twenty years in a mental institution for a double ax murder, is the main suspect when a rash of ax murders begins. Genre: Horror Rating: UN Release Date: 12-MAR-2002 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson, Howard St. John, John Anthony Hayes
Director: William Castle
Creators: Arthur E. Arling, William Castle, Edwin H. Bryant, Dona Holloway, Robert Bloch
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Black and White,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/12/2002
Original Release Date: 01/19/1964
Theatrical Release Date: 01/19/1964
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Black and White,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Darwin H. (movienut) from BLOOMINGTON, MN
Reviewed on 2/8/2015...
Joan Crawford is your typical everyday mom in this crazy horror/thrill ride...yep, everyday mom...with an axe! Recently released after a 20 year stint in an asylum Lucy tries to reconnect with her daughter and the other remaining members of her family. But horror of horrors - the murders start happening again! Is it Lucy? Someone else? Well...I can't tell you of course. But I can tell you this. If the local hardware store would stop selling axes there wouldn't be so much overcrowding in the morgue in this podunk town.

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Mark Norvell | HOUSTON | 09/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I gave this movie 5 stars for two reasons: William Castle and Joan Crawford. What a combo! And the movie's pretty good too. 20 years ago, Lucy Harbin caught her husband with another woman and chopped them up with an axe. She gets committed to an asylum for the criminally insane. Now, she's released in her daughter's (Diane Baker) care on a farm with other relatives and wouldn't you just know it---someone's at it again, chopping up the extra characters. Poor Joan tries to please her daughter in every way to make up for lost time---but daughter dearest still wants her to look like she did 20 yrs ago---like Sadie Thompson! Well things just get downright messy and there's more murders and screaming and then it all blows open. Someone's crazy alright but it's not our Joan. The extras on this DVD are great. There's a telling interview with Diane Baker and a costume test for Crawford that's hysterical. But wait till you see the "axe test"!..."Strait-Jacket" is a must have for fans. Joan (as Lucy) gets all dolled up like an aging hooker, jangling her bracelets and vamping it up while she wonders if she's going off her rocker again. Her portrayal is strong and she seems to be having a good time. Highly recommended for Crawford fans and William Castle afficianados. Get it and enjoy it."
Whatever Happened to Mildred Pierce?
Michael M. Wilk | Howard Beach, NY | 01/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Joan Crawford plays Lucy Harbin, a woman who has been institutionalized for 20 years, after having hacked her unfaithful husband and his girlfriend to pieces with an axe. She is reunited with her estranged daughter, Carol (played by Diane Baker, who specialized in playing devious females at the time). Carol encourages her mother to dress like she did 20 years earlier,i.e. flower-printed dresses, jingly charm bracelets, and a black, 40s-style wig. Lucy does, and watch out! In what is my favorite scene in the film, Joan, looking like the world's oldest hooker, comes on to her daughter's handsome YOUNG fiance. It is almost obscene to watch this, but try and take your eyes off the screen! Mysterious axe-murders begin to take place. Joan's psychiatrist, (played by Mitchell Cox, Vice-President of Pepsi!)sleazy farmhand Leonard Kraus, played by George Kennedy, and then Carol's future father-in-law, played by Howard St. John. Naturally, we assume it's Joan, right? Wrong! I won't tell who the real murderer is, but I DID drop a clue earlier on. William Castle directed this Robert "Psycho" Bloch- scripted opus, and it is just what you'd expect from Castle-low-budget, full of cheap shocks, and just plain FUN. Miss Crawford is a hoot to watch, especially in her later films, such as this one. The film also has an entertaining cast, which includes Rochelle Hudson, Leif Ericson, and Edith Atwater, as Carol's bitchy future mother-in-law."
Hack Hack Sweet Has-Been
tmp | Solar System, MA USA | 03/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a stunner. From the opening when we see Joan's Lucy "all woman, and very much aware of the fact" Hardin hacks up her two-timing hubby (Lee Majors!) and his girlfriend, to the very end where we find out who is committing all of those pesky axe murders after Joan gets sprung from the institution, this is a Crawford tour-de-force. She looks as if she crancked her own personal acting switch up to 11, and let 'er rip. She also alternates between wearing a grey wig and a frumpy muu-muu to a tight dress, black wig and about forty pounds of bangle bracelets (How could she have snuck up on anyone who was not in a coma making all that noise?), all of which succeeds in making her look twenty years older than she looks as an old woman!Wildly inappropriate line readings were a hallmark of Joan's performances in later years- but these are the best. The scene where she tells her prospective son-in-law's parents about her incarceration is a corker- she alternates between mewling terror and screaming demented harpy from moment to moment. And though other reviewers have mentioned it, the scene where she comes on to said son-in-law is jaw dropping; she starts out downing about a milk jug full of bourbon, drags the poor boy over to the sofa and sits him down by shoving him with her hips- while having him in a death-grip- drawling "I wouldn't want my daughter to think I was moving in on her fella" then proceeds to stand across the room from him and give him a pick-up look more appropriate to the leather bar scenes in "Cruising" than to an early 60's B movie. The rest of the cast just sit there, visibly aghast at the spectacle. So will you. I demand that this movie be released on DVD right this second!"