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Wicked Stepmother


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  • Actors: Bette Davis, David Rasche, Colleen Camp, Lionel Stander, Tom Bosley
  • Directors: Larry Cohen
  • Writers: Larry Cohen
  • Producers: Executive Producer LARRY COHEN Produced by ROBERT LITTMAN
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CYKCIG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,396 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Transforming into a cigarette-smoking black cat is just one of Bette Davis' evil tricks in this campy, fun-filled brew that mixes magic with mayhem and costars Barbara Carrera as Davis' doting daughter.

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The special effects are good and funny.
Bookreader79424
Just remember, don't just judge it by the first several minutes. it gets pretty silly and it's clear what Cohen was going for.
The Shopinator
They had Bette's voice dubbed in by Michael Greer, a noted Davis impersonator.
Hernando DeSoto

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hernando DeSoto on March 14, 2014
Format: DVD
Without getting into the behind-the-scene politics of this movie, of which there are several differing stories, this was Bette's worst and last film. Rail-thin and looking like a cadaver, poor Bette must have seen the dailies before she quit this bomb. It isn't even funny to see this great movie Star in this sickly looking condition. After Bette quit, the producers had her character magically transform herself into sexy Barbara Bach, a woman who doesn't even resemble the young Bette. They had Bette's voice dubbed in by Michael Greer, a noted Davis impersonator. It doesn't help. There is only one big laugh in this film. Her stepchildren keep lovingly referring to her predecessor as "Mom". Eventually, the camera cuts to Mom's picture. Guess Who it is? I'm not even going to tell you. It's not worth your time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bookreader79424 on January 20, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
I found "Wicked Stepmother" to be a delightful and entertaining movie. The special effects are good and funny. I rate this movie with 5 stars because of its humor and lack of seriousness. The only negative is that the movie seems relatively short, but still deserves a 5 star rating because of its humor.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Calle on November 8, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The best thing about this movie is 80-year-old Bette Davis' performance. But she's also the movie's biggest problem. When the producers refused to change the script after her demands, she left the set, after one week of filming. That forced director/screenwriter Larry Cohen to rewrite the script to explain her disappearance, which resulted in a very confusing plot (she transformed herself into her daughter or a cat or something like that, I didn't quite get it...). Well, at least it's a better solution than Edward D. Wood Jr.'s way of replacing Bela Lugosi in "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (using a stand-in that doesn't look the least like Lugosi, covering his face with a cape).
The first half-hour or so is quite entertaining. Davis is overacting in a good way as Jenny's (Colleen Camp) father's new creepy wife, Miranda. After she's out of the movie, it's quite confusing. Miranda left the family and her daughter, Priscilla (who is Miranda in another shape or something, eh...) is staying with the family instead.
There are some good humor in the movie. There's one funny scene in the beginning, at the police station, with the lineup with the angry old homeless ladies. Some scenes are just silly, like the beach sequence somewhere before the middle of the movie.
So, Bette Davis' performance is what makes this movie worth watching, but she's also the main reason it's so bad (I guess it wouldn't have been a great movie anyway, but less confusing). The other actors are quite mediocre. However, the movie isn't quite as bad as its reputation. If you're curious to see Davis play the wicked stepmother in her last film, rent it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Nicastro on August 24, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Much has been said that Bette Davis is the only reason to watch WICKED STEPMOTHER. The film is not very good, but it does have some amusing bits, most notably the portraits of Joan Crawford as the first wife struck me funny. There is also another performance worth mentioning: film legend, Evelyn Keyes (of "Gone With The Wind", "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" and "Seven Year Itch" fame). She offers a classy performance as the instructor of witchcraft that Coleen Camp seeks.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
the previous review is so heartless that i have to write mine down. Bette left this movie because she was ill first of all. There is no need to be cruel and make fun of her, a little respect please! This movie is definitely bad. Of course, Bette wasn't at her best but while she's there, at least it manages to keep you interested, after she leaves it's totally another business. The movie isn't funny, and the acting is bad but at least after the credits have gone, you got introduced to the cast and miss Davis sitting on a chair, a cigarette in her hand says " just call me mom" with a devilish sparkle in her eyes. I knew this movie was bad but i bought it because i wanted to see the last minutes of footage with her on screen, i expected it to be longer and i didn't expect to see her in such a state of health. Wouldn't recommend it though, the fans will be only saddened to see this, and the rest can't be interested. Decency of the producers would have recquired them not to release this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Green on August 11, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Okay let me just state, I'm not a negative person...I love Bette Davis...and was excited to see this finally on DVD. A half hour into the flick, my excitement quickly waned...it was so cheesy...it was badly edited and the storyline wasn't that great...I feel for Bette having her name associated with this...mind you it was filmed around her stroke so she's only in it for about half of it but still...I'm just thankful it was cheesy so I could have some wine to make the time pass better...sorry but it deserved that cheesy line!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris on December 16, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Even though Bette Davis is only in a small part of this film ,she still shines.

Which Witch Is Which?

The legendary Bette Davis and sensuous Barbara Carrera ("Never Say Never Again", "I, The Jury", "Dallas") join forces as two present day witches who tackle their victims with seductive style, feline cunning and plenty of hocus pocus.

This intrigiuing supernatural "black comedy" will be remembered as Bette Davis's last performance and will undoubtedly become a "cult classic"
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