Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Reviews
Some particularly beautiful camerawork at times. Almost feels like a Victorian horror sometimes.
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.
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.
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
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.