Frank Wisbar escaped Germany during the Third Reich, worked alongside Edgar G. Ulmer on Poverty Row, and directed one of the moodiest horror films of the 40s.
Today, he is forgotten.
STRANGLER OF THE SWAMP is the story of a daughter who returns home to face the horrors her elders have wrought. A remake of Wisbar’s own critically acclaimed FÄHRMANN MARIA (1936), STRANGLER trades the original’s pastoral setting for an expressionist nightmare shrouded in fog. It’s a rare example of an artist radically reimagining his previous work with a fraction of the original’s resources.
Gold Ninja Video is proud to present Wisbar’s most famous film alongside a new slate of exclusive special features that include a feature-length commentary, a retrospective on Poverty Row studios, and Wisbar’s oddball DEVIL BAT’S DAUGHTER.
Feature-length audio commentary track by The Important Cinema Club's Will Sloan and Justin Decloux
FEATURETTE: The Studios on Poverty Row - A Video Discussion
The Important Cinema Club Bargain-Bin Classics series is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classic cinema the way it was meant to be seen: in the bad, dupey prints that were prevalent in VHS and DVD bargain-bins in the early 2000s. The producers of this edition scoured out-of-print bargain-basement DVDs dating from the early 2000s to find just the right transfers: clear enough to be legible, but damaged enough to look like a local TV broadcast from the ‘60s.