Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Starring: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono
The last of my “crazy recluse” challenge movies was clearly the best. I love 60’s suspense movies, and this thing feels just like a Hitchcock thriller. Honestly my biggest problem with it was Victor Buono, who I just couldn’t unsee as being King Tut from the 60’s Batman show. By the way, did you know they’re finally releasing those on home video, for the first time ever? It’s completely unrelated, but I’m just excited about it. Nobody reads this site except for the porn reviews anyway.
Two sisters, one of whom used to be a child star and the other who used to be a legitimate actress in her youth until she was crippled from the waist down, live together in a mansion with the one taking care of the other. Well it turns out that the ex-child star (the titular Baby Jane) is jealous of her sister’s success and always has been, and one day she finally snaps and locks her sister up in her room. As she tries to get her act back together, she also has to keep the outside world from knowing that she’s slowly starving her sister while still using her money.
It’s a tense film where you’re constantly unsure of whether the crazy old woman is going to get caught or not, and it even switches it up so at points you’re not sure whether you’re rooting for her to get caught or for her to get away. It’s somewhere between Rear Window and Misery, but the sisterly relationship between the two characters gives it this great extra dimension. I definitely recommend this one when you’re in the mood to spend the evening on the edge of your seat.