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This is the film that single-handedly transformed my perception of what an "old" film could be. I remember when I was thirteen years old (1996) and I caught this one on AMC on a stormy evening. By the fantastic staircase confrontation scene between Velma (Agnes Moorehead) and the sinister Cousin Miriam (Olivia DeHavilland, the movie had absolutely grabbed me by the eyeballs and wouldn't let go. I was captivated. I've had a lifelong love affair with older suspense films such as this one ever since, and this particular masterpiece is still my all-time favorite film.
If you've got a young person in your family who wonders why people are always talking about the "Golden Age" of film, you just pop this baby into the DVD player and let those young'uns learn a thing or two. If they're anything like me, they'll fall in love.
Oh, sure, it won't compare to later slasher pics for blood (only one person gets sliced & diced, in fact) but the term "southern gothic", to my mind, simply held no real meaning until THIS came out...
Many people don't realize that "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" received more Oscar nominations  than any other horror film up to that time, a record tied only by "Silence of the Lambs" (in 1991) and surpassed by "The Exorcist"s 10 nominations (in 1973)... "Charlotte" won none, but the fact it lost the Best B&W Cinematography Oscar (for Joseph Biroc's drippingly dark work) is akin to grave-robbery!
Grander and more haunting than "Baby Jane" (though from the same production team), "Charlotte" is the more seductively macabre movie.
Borne of an era when "real" thrillers were coming to a close, when "Psycho"-period shockers felt so supernatural and creepy (even when they may not have been, technically, supernatural in plot) at the Cold War peak of the early-'60s...
Somehow, it all just feels more forlorn and sacred and sad than sadistic.
It's also one of the most quotable of films --- the dinner scene is a classic in itself. And, if you watch closely, it's chock full of smatterings of various scenes from Bette Davis pictures re-executed.
2005 DVD: the extras aren't great, folks.Read more ›
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This is a classic! Must see performances from Olivia de Havilland, Bette Davis and Agnes Moorehead. Dark and suspenseful with an overdose of Southern accents.Published 12 days ago by Keedee
If you haven't seen this movie get it... Great one liners for its time... Intriguing story... And you can still actually go visit the stunning property it was filmed on.Published 1 month ago by Ricks Amazon acct
A guilty pleasure, juicy and campy all the way to the crashing end.Published 2 months ago by William F Stewart
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