What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

1962

Action / Drama / Horror / Thriller

18
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 92%
IMDb Rating 8.1 10 42372

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Joan Crawford as Blanche Hudson
Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson
Anna Lee as Mrs. Bates
Victor Buono as Edwin Flagg
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Benedict02 8 / 10

Genre Perfection

Wow! "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" perfectly blends horror and thriller together in this beautiful black and white film. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are so good at playing their characters; due to their real life hatred of one another, the hatred for the two is also seen on screen which works beautifully with the films plot.

Robert Aldrich most known for directing "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), had struck gold with this film first, despite having to endure the constant Feud of Bette and Joan; it certainly couldn't have been easy.

Bette Davis-having done her own make-up and wearing one of the wigs Crawford had used on a film before-looked the part perfectly, of an ageing adult with a child's mind.

The twist of the film's ending is magnificent, you spend the entire movie feeling sympathetic for Blanche Hudson (Joan Crawford) and hating the evil sister Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis). The twist at the films climax turns the tables and leaves you feeling sympathetic for Baby Jane,as you as a viewer realise what happened to Baby Jane.

Reviewed by Antonius Block 9 / 10

Outstanding performance from Bette Davis, and a seriously creepy movie

Seriously creepy. Bette Davis is extraordinary, and really put herself out there for this film, garish make-up and all. She plays an aging, former childhood star who lives with her sister, played by Joan Crawford, who eclipsed her as they got older to become a star herself back in the 1930's. Three decades later, Davis is still living in the past, craving attention, and dominating Crawford, who is in a wheelchair. Early on, the film includes pictures and brief movie clips from Davis and Crawford when they were younger ('Ex-Lady', and 'Sadie McKee') which is nice. I don't want to give away any of the plot, but will just say there are lots of tingly moments, and director Robert Aldrich did a great job gradually building these to a crescendo.

The film is special because of Davis's performance, and because of its extra dimensions. There is of course the horror of being helpless while in an unbalanced person's care, and Crawford turns in a strong performance as well. There is also the horror of becoming irrelevant, of being deluded in holding on to a dream that has long since passed, which has a pathos to it. The 'stories within the story' - Davis and Crawford's real-life antipathy for one another, and their own fading glory - make the movie even more fascinating. Victor Buono is excellent as the pianist who responds to Davis's classified ad, which is her pathetic attempt to revive her act. He's a tragic figure himself, struggling to find work and living with his nagging mother (Marjorie Bennett). There are a few moments which strain credibility, and whether you call them plot holes or not, you may find yourself yelling instructions or warnings out to the screen (perhaps true of many a horror movie). It's on the long side but it flies by, and never feels long. Great movie.

Reviewed by Stevieboy666 10 / 10

Utterly mesmerising

Terrifying, gothic classic tale about two sisters, both faded stars, living together in a relationship of hatred, jealousy, mistrust, madness and alcoholism. Everybody knows of the real life feud between lead stars Bette Davis & Joan Crawford, this works perfectly for the movie. When Davis shouts or lashes out at the helpless Crawford it looks to be for real. And what a stunning performance by Davis as the crazed sister - madness has rarely looked this terrifying on screen. Extremely well made, it could easily pass as the work of the master himself, Hitchcock. Only Victor Buono's questionable English accent is a slight weakness.

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