Joan Crawford stars as a scorned housewife who murders her cheating husband and his lover in a fit of rage right before the eyes of their young daughter. Years later, she is released into her daughter's custody, but it isn't long before she slips back into her own psychosis and bodies begin to turn up all around her. STRAIGHT-JACKET served as the first collaboration between PSYCHO writer Robert Bloch and director William Castle. The two patterned the film after the popular psycho-biddy sub-genre that was established two years earlier in WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE, where a deranged older woman is pushed over the edge through jealousy or rage. Crawford is wickedly over-the-top in another one of her signature performances. Diane Baker also puts in a winning performance as Lucy's seemingly calm and collected daughter. Like HOMICIDAL and DEMENTIA 13 before it, STRAIGHT-JACKET features a surprising amount of on-screen violence and early gore that ramps up the shock value. While the twist ending comes as little surprise, the high level of camp and surprising ax murders make this a wild ride!
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WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE, FRIGHTMARE, HUSH... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE.