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(William Castle, 1964)
Release date: 20 May 2024
Standard Edition Blu-ray

Joan Crawford (Berserk) gives an astonishing performance in Strait-Jacket, a shocking psychological thriller from director William Castle (The Tingler) which also stars Diane Baker (Marnie), and Leif Erickson (The Lady Gambles).

Lucy Harbin (Crawford) spent twenty years in a psychiatric hospital after decapitating her husband and his lover with an axe – an act witnessed by her young daughter, Carol (Baker). On her release, Lucy moves in with Carol and her husband Bill (Erickson), but a series of horrific axe murders suggest she may not be entirely cured...

Scripted by Robert Bloch (Psycho), and infused with macabre humour, Strait-Jacket is one of William Castle’s best-loved films.


  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film historians Lee Gambin and Emma Westwood
  • Mirror Images (2018, 28 mins): appreciation by Jonathan Rigby, author of American Gothic: Sixty Years of Horror Cinema
  • Joan Had Me Fired (2018, 7 mins): interview with actor Anne Helm
  • On the Road with Joan Crawford (2018, 7mins): interview with publicist Richard Kahn
  • Battle-Axe: The Making of ‘Strait-Jacket’ (2007, 15 mins): documentary featuring interviews with actor Diane Baker and screenwriter Robert Bloch
  • How to Plan a Movie Murder (1964, 5 mins): a short promotional film featuring star Joan Crawford, screenwriter. Robert Bloch, and director William Castle
  • Joan Crawford Wardrobe Tests (1964, 4mins)
  • Joan Crawford Axe Test (1964, 1 min)
  • Super 8 version: original cut-down home cinema presentation, with unique narration
  • Isolated music & effects track
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

BBFC cert: 12
EAN: 5060697924503