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very disturbing and gothic
Mesmerizing performances all around!! Bette Davis is hard not to watch.
i love the older movies i just wish they would put more on tv its so hard to find a real good movie
The best thrilling movie ever made! With the best movie character ever portrayed: Olivia de Havilland as Miriam Deering!
This drama is reminiscent of 'whatever happened to baby Jane', done with similar methods. Only this movie concerns with a woman going crazy, or so at least she appears; the cast is overwhelming with some hugely solid names to it, as Joseph Cotton and Agnes Moorehead, to name a few. With the latter delivering a truly committed performance, well, as always. The story is interesting too, and the dark, spooky settings of the house offer a spacious room for horrifying images and dreams, real or unreal. In overall, it's a well done drama with horror elements with quality cast and acting.
Not knowing much about the film other than it had similar themes to â~What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?â(TM) and was a bit of a follow on to it, I have to say, I was a bit shocked to see a hand being chopped off early on (and no, it doesnâ(TM)t then go scurrying around :). The film is surprising in other ways as well, some of which you can see coming, but probably not all, and I wonâ(TM)t spoil it any further. I donâ(TM)t know if the film really holds together as an airtight story, starting with no one being prosecuted for murder, and the various reveals as they came made me wonder about the acting in earlier scenes. There are aspects of the film that are over-the-top, both in the performances of an all-star cast who really let loose, and some of the direction from Robert Aldrich. As an example of the latter, when a bottle of medicine has been removed from a nightstand, he feels a need to show us it vanishing, and then zooming in on the spot, when we already know it was there, and would be better off seeing the shock completely played out in de Havillandâ(TM)s eyes.
On the other hand, itâ(TM)s a good story, and the southern gothic atmosphere he creates is excellent. Shooting in black and white was a great choice. Between the scenes which come off as campy and those that are just great moments, it may feel a little uneven, but itâ(TM)s certainly entertaining. What really makes the film for me, though, is the cast that was assembled, which is stellar. Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, sure, but also in supporting roles Agnes Moorehead, Mary Astor, Bruce Dern, Victor Buono, and George Kennedy. I think my favorite performance was from Moorehead, who upstages them all â" but seeing de Havilland in a very different character is special, as is seeing Astorâ(TM)s last film. The Davis/de Havilland pairing made me think of â~In This Our Lifeâ(TM) from 1942, and it would be interesting to see these films as a double feature. Watch this one for the screen legends, and a story that will hold your interest for all 133 minutes.
Intriguing second half let down by unengaging first half.
Charlotte Hollis is a semi-recluse, and widely believed to be insane. 37 years earlier her boyfriend, John, was brutally murdered. She was charged with his murder but her wealthy, influential father managed to have the case dismissed. She is still haunted by John, thinking she sees or hears him at times. With the state government about to demolish her house to build a road, and her resisting their attempts to get her to leave, her cousin Miriam visits for a few days. The idea is to help her leave but soon sinister, threatening events start occurring.
The second half of this movie was quite intriguing and followed a very interesting and unexpected twist. However, the problem is that the person you're meant to root for in that half was so annoying in the first half that supporting them is quite impossible. Furthermore, the person who appeared to be the 'good guy' in the first half was now the bad guy. The first half was pretty dull all round, mostly consisting of empty melodrama and annoying characters.
The lack of engagement in the first half truly let the second half down.
Beautifully shot and scored with a fantastic titular song, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte is somewhat overacted and certainly over-the-top, but an effective, very modern and highly underrated psychological thriller horror flick that's a classic in my opinion. This spiritual successor to 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' is slow at first, but later becomes very entertaining and quite unnerving. Bette Davis is very good, but Olivia de Havilland actually steals the show here in an unexpected, truly terrific role. The movie is fueled with a palpable sense of danger and is thus a very unsettling experience. The twist is great plus the film is packed with a high number of simply unforgettable sequences from the ending to the immediately intriguing opening to three striking staircase sequences - each one creepier than the last.
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.
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.