Night of the Strangler

Night of the Strangler ★★★

Hoop-Tober 2022 Entry #13

Another reason to adhere to rules as much as possible when participating in Hooptober: I don’t think I ever would have seen the (or even been aware of) some of the regional low budget horror that was prevalent throughout the 70s. Is that a blessing or a curse when it comes to NIGHT OF THE STRANGLER, a blaxsploitation inferno directed by Joy N. Houck, jr. and featuring Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees? It’s an earnest attempt to heave your cake and eat it too, as Houck tries to say something about the racial tensions of the time while cashing in on the bloody horror craze that was slowly taking hold. The results are a little uneven, but I admire the twists the movie churns out.

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