Strangler of Blackmoor Castle

A masked serial killer stalks a European castle while looking for a stolen diamond.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: September 9, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1963
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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A hooded killer invades the Blackmoor estate, assaulting Lucius Clark and demanding the return of stolen diamonds. The phantom leaves behind a gruesome calling card - the murdered body of a groundskeeper, with the letter "M" marked on his forehead. An inspector arrives from Scotland Yard to catch the strangler and concludes that the murders are the work of a man with nine fingers. Clark's paranoia leads him to accuse his friends and servants. The case is at a standstill when two more disfigured corpses are discovered, but a parcel of hidden love letters provides the investigator with the clue he needs to pick up the trail of the strangler. A violent confrontation with the killer leads to the exposure of false identities and an uncovering of long-buried secrets.

Director Harald Reinl was chosen to continue directing the Dr. Mabuse films of the 1960's after Fritz Lang's retirement, and this influence can be seen in the sweeping, heavily-contrasted world of The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle. The suspenseful, well-crafted story is complemented by a brilliant electronic soundtrack by avant-garde musician Oskar Sala, who composed the score for Hitchcock's The Birds in the same year.

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Yet another German adaptation of an Edgar Wallace tale, this time involving a hooded killer in a creepy English castle.


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kreaky but not krummy krimi Movie Lover: from somewhere out there -- May, 12, 2006

German krimi horror based on an Edgar Wallace mystery. A nine-fingered killer in a black leather jacket and ski mask chokes to death those associated with an arrogant baron who's about to be knighted. It's all about some missing diamonds hidden in a cigar tube. A couple get decapitated - one via the "Toby Dammit" method ala Spirits of the Dead, and one has his head mailed to the castle in a box. All the victims get an "M" branded on their foreheads. Other sinister events include a guy wanting to use a diamond-cutting drill on a woman's eye and exploration of secret passageways. It's set in England, badly dubbed, and uses a Scottish birdwatcher for comedy relief. Fairly atmospheric.

good fun Movie Lover: from Norwich, England UK -- September, 29, 2004

i am a great fan of the 'krimi' films of the 60s and this is one the most enjoyable. great atmosphere, reasonable dubbing, creepy locations and an unusual story. i thoroughyl recommend this film for those who like a good murder mystery.

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  • Sales Rank: 13,532
  • UPC: 089218422798
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