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November 9, 2017
Geez what a vicious family. This is spooky but not terribly scary. A creepy premise that has a disturbing reveal, but not because it's visually disturbing, it's just mentally distressing to sit and think about what kind of person would spend decades torturing another like that. At least there's some sort of justice in the ending.

Some particularly beautiful camerawork at times. Almost feels like a Victorian horror sometimes.
August 13, 2017
Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte is uneven mystery/thriller that features Bette David trying to recreate her iconic "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" performance, Robert Aldrich trying to recreate the same haunting atmosphere he captured with Baby Jane as well.

The problem with this film lies in one simple fact: you can't capture the lightning in a bottle a second time. Bette Davis seems to go fully over the top her, with a terrible southern accent, in Baby Jane she delivered a haunting, sad look at a woman past her prime, on the brink of madness, but none of that same heart is found in this performance. It's extremely odd considering how identical these characters are. Only Olivia De Havilend shines her as Charlottes cousins Miriam, she turns in a more layered performance, and shines in the second half of the film.

As I said before, Robert Aldrich really does try to capture the same feeling of Baby Jane, but almost completely fails. Yes this a nice looking film, but has no real atmosphere. The house in Baby Jane worked, because it was quiet, desolate, and the isolated environment helped show Jane's descent into madness. Here all of that's gone, using loud booms, and supposedly supernatural elements to scare the viewer instead, making the horror feel less grounded in reality, and plausible.

The film is also much too long, and could've had atleast 20-30 minutes edited out. Aside from an attention grabbing first ten minutes, the rest of the first hour is drab, lifeless, and devoid of any personality, or character. The second hour introduces a much more twisty, unconventional part of the story, but by then it's too late.

Hush, Hush sweet Charlotte is a cheesy, overlong mess. Filled with bad dialogue, laughable performances that are mostly terrible, and show their age, and direction by Robert Aldrich that feels lazy, and tacked on. Skip this, and watch Baby Jane again instead.
April 23, 2017
It definitely pales in comparison with Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, but its stellar cast - led by Bette Davis - can still put some hope into this clichť.
Super Reviewer
August 17, 2016
Robert Aldrich, while not being as awarded or recognized, could easily be the perfect (however shortlived) torchbearer to Hitchcock's legacy. "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" takes many elements from films before it, yet Aldritch manages to create something revelatory from them. There's not just suspense and mystery but very deep emotional value here due to Bette Davis' wild and compelling acting. She could go from an innocent little girl to a violent screaming banshee within a minute. Just in the way Davis' moods veer from left to right, all of the characters' arcs continually keep the audience on it's toes - confusing one's sympathies from act to act. The lighting, set design, story telling, visual effects, and subsequent influence are immediately apparent upon first viewing, and I'm left amazed I hadn't heard of it sooner. This is a Six Star film through and through.
July 21, 2016
Seemed a little hushed in the end, but otherwise a nice psychological thriller.
Super Reviewer
½ May 12, 2016
Bette Davis as the well past her prime ingenue down Louisiana way still pining for "the one who got away" back in the old cotillion days. DeHavilland is her sensible cousin trying to keep matters that are near hysteria somewhat rational while Joe Cotton is the caring family doctor never far from a bottle of hooch. Only nothing is as it seems to be in this overwrought tour through the moldy Southern gothic. Everyone is obviously having a high old time.
May 7, 2016
A tense & physiological journey of a incredibly damaged woman in her youth in a fit of rage cut off her husbands hand & has been ostracized by her local community.

The film follows her later years where you question weather she is completely insane or just suffering post traumatic stress.

Her family enters the plot with a sinister plot to get rid of her and inherit her home & fortune. A dark but gripping tale that challenges you as a viewer ...who's the monster her or her family.
½ April 15, 2016
Atmosphere but little real tension. Maybe the horror has dated. At 2 and a quarter hours, way too long for shch a slim plot.
February 23, 2016
Spiritual sequel to "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" is almost its equal, transposing Davis' madness to a Southern Gothic realm. Brilliant cast, with Agnes Moorehead almost unrecognizable as Velma. Highly recommended.
November 1, 2015
Robert Aldrich‚??s Gothic horror film is a well-executed follow-up to his 1962 ‚??What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?‚??.

Both films star Bette Davis as a deranged woman in her horror queen era (just before the end of her viable career as a star), and both were commercial hits at the box-office.

‚??Hush‚?¶. Hush, Sweet Charlotte‚?? was intended by director Robert Aldrich as a follow-up to the successful Joan Crawford/Bette Davis horror piece Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Crawford was originally cast as Miriam, but became seriously ill shortly before filming started. ¬†Davis, who disliked Crawford intensely, suggested that the role of Miriam be cast with her friend, De Havilland.

Aldrich recalled that on the first day of shooting, Davis and De Havilland had a toast with Coca-Cola, making a point not to have Pepsi Cola, as Crawford‚??s husband was an executive with the Pepsi company
October 4, 2015
very long 'intro' but i jus love this pic & the gr8 cast r the fuel that makes this 1 go
August 14, 2015
Excellent suspense thriller movie
November 25, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
½ November 16, 2014
The extraordinary cast, brilliant Cinematography, the lavish sets, eerie shadows and lighting betray the love and skill that went into this production!
Super Reviewer
November 1, 2014
suspenseful in an eerie fashion, the fact it's old and darkly filmed + black and white, in this case makes lurking shadows seem more sinister & only add to the vibe of tension
Super Reviewer
May 25, 2014
I love Bette Davies, this is one of her best performances. Everyone did a great job in the film. Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte is about a unstable Southern belle named Charlotte who was accused of murdering her ex lover. The Louisiana state attempted to build a road over her inherited mansion, so she enlisted her cousin to help her. But Charlotte began to see the ghost of her ex lover at night. The acting was simply marvelous in the film by the female leads. I particularly enjoyed Moorehead's performance as the maid. Davies' performance was awesome too, she suited the role very well. It's quite gruesome for its time too. It's a shame we don't make films like these anymore. It is a must see.
May 21, 2014
What works well in one film (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane) will not necessarily work well in another, as this one proves. Bette starts off heartbreaking, but her 'crazy old lady' act actually gets very tiring. Too much shrieking and screaming. Olivia de Havilland starts out a bit too stiff but relaxes into her character once she's allowed to show some depth, however one can't help but wonder what it would have been like had Crawford not allowed herself to have been so tormented by Davis that she left the production. Despite being another shrieker, Agnes Moorehead absolutely steals the film away from the both of them, with her brilliant portrayal of the white trash housekeeper. Mary Astor and Cecil Kellaway also deserve a mention for their beautifully understated parts as well.

The direction is good, but the story is silly and the twist a bit convoluted and daft but it's a fun film too watch. It's just not "..Baby Jane" fun.
½ March 3, 2014
Unlike the previous masterpiece What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Robert Aldrich inclined this film to Clouzot's Les Diaboliques. Regrettably, the excellent plot is somehow spoiled by the reckless ending, despite gruesome performances from Haviland and the haunted Bette Davis.
February 22, 2014
The movie tried too hard. Also---too much OVERACTING.
January 20, 2014
It's a shame so few people know about this brilliant follow-up to the 1962 classic, What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? But, then again, it's a shame so few people watch black and white films anymore because they're "too old" along with other stupid reasons. While What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? is an excellent film, I enjoyed this one more because it was a darker, more sinister, and more terrifying horror/thriller. The plot itself is simple on paper: years earlier a girl named Charlotte was accused of murdering her lover and her father helped her escape prosecution. Now Charlotte lives alone in her decaying Louisiana estate, taunted by people over the tragedy and now the state wishes to destroy her mansion so that a bridge can be built through her land. So, she calls upon her cousin, Miriam, to help her try and keep the mansion. But all doesn't seem well in the household, as Charlotte is constantly tormented by her horrific memories and strange things begin to happen around her. Is she crazy, or is someone else causing these troubles? See, the plot seems simple, but this film has many tricks up its sleeve, even as it reveals itself, it pulls out more surprises. It's a superbly acted, brilliantly written, terrifying, gripping, and engaging film from start to finish. I think it's a masterpiece not only of classic films, but also of the horror genre. If you love a good classic film, this one is a must-see.
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