What did ever happen to Baby Jane?
Gabe - wrote on 11/12/15
Not a terrible film. But, I just don't quite understand how this is sometimes considered a horror film? Having said that, Bette Davis gives a tour-De-force performance that is hard to beat. How Anne Bancroft beat her out for the Best Actress Oscar beats me. I'll admit, I've Never seen the Miracle Worker (1962). She is great!
One thing that hurts this film, is that it reminds me of two films that came before it, and were better, Sunset Boulevard (1950) and Psycho (1960).
Sunset Boulevard is also about a has-been, delusional star (actress in that film, child-star in this one), who is trying desperately to cling to the last remnants of her fame. I thought the mystery in Sunset Boulevard was better than the one in this film.
It also reminded me of Psycho. In Psycho, Norman Bates has some mommy issues that he needs to work out. In this film, it's daddy issues. In both, the parent was always telling how child how great and special they were.
Before you see this, if you haven't see the other two films I mention first.