What Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Director: Robert Aldrich
Main Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy
Storyline: A former child star lives in her child star past and torments her younger crippled sister with what was.
Review (Spoils): Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis) was once a Hollywood childhood star but now lives in a fallen apart mansion with her crippled younger sister Blanche (Joan Crawford). Blanche who also was an actress but older sister was always jealous of. Through the film we were the connection of Blanche’s disability and Baby Jane and the control of her younger sister starts to take its toll. Baby Jane starts to lose her mind more and more and the micro control and hold that she has over Blanche starts to become scary and overwhelming.
We have minds games that Jane wants to be more like Blanche as she was more successful in her later years unlike Jane herself. We have dead birds, thrown out letters, disconnection from society, the whacked out Jane telling herself and living in her past about how great she was and she is the victim now.
Both sisters play the parts amazing as the horror of this film is the mind of Baby Jane herself. Don’t expect blood or gore in this on e as it plays off as a dark and gloomy film and the tension works well. as it plays off as a dark and gloomy film and the tension works well.
Rating: Both Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are legends when it comes movies in general but at the same they have both done their share of horror films. This film stands out on its own not just as a classic mind twist horror film but a classic film in general which is very rare and hard to find in this day and age of horror films. To me Bette Davis was always a bit scary to watch yes she was known for her eyes but to me they were not beautiful but yet creepy as she always had that look that something else was going on behind them.
Director: William Castle
Main Stars: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson
Storyline: After 20 years being the asylum for double murder Lucy Harbin returns home.
Review (Spoils): Lucy Harbin (Joan Crawford) has been locked up due to axing her husband and his lover. During the horrific murder her daughter Carol (Diane Baker) was the only witness. After 20 years she gets released and heads home to her daughter. Carol is now a more mature woman and as soon as Lucy appears heads start to roll yet again in the town. The cops have one suspect of course!
This film is an amazing thriller and really enjoyable. Joan Crawford plays the perfect demented woman who has a lot of issues. Her acting is outstanding and she can wield an axe up there with a lot so the other classic horror characters. The ending alone of this film is well worth the watch.
Rating: Take the movie Dementia 13 and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and twisted it up with some good of Joan Crawford in a more evil way and this what you get. A freaky and intense film!
The Unknown (1927)
Director: Tod Browning
Main Stars: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford
Storyline: An armless knife thrower from a circus is a fake and turns to the life of crime.
Review (Spoils): I ran across this film when I was searching for something new to watch but yet old. This short black and white film was quick surprise. We have a mixed up knife thrower from a circus named Alonzo (Lon Chaney )who is reaching fame for being one armed but the truth is he is a fake. Nanon (Joan Crawford) the daughter of the circus owner has stolen his heart but she is tied between Alonzo and Mirabar (Norman Kerry). Alonzo will do anything to win her.
This movie is very dark and it kept me glued to the screen for a silent film. Lon Chaney once again creates a character that is memorable and downright chilling. He truly is the Master of Horror.
Rating: This is great movie if you do not mind silent films. Check this baby out and it has Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford so what are you waiting for!