Thursday, July 21, 2011
More proof that you ought not trust cover art
I remember seeing Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte when it came out in the theaters. I was about seven or eight. It scared the bejabbers out of me — particularly a beginning scene in which someone hacks off (a painfully young) Bruce Dern's hand and head with a meat cleaver, and then a later scene in which the body parts tumble down a staircase. The maudlin theme-song and lyrics are simple and haunting, hard to put out of mind — and so of course they too became part of my recurring nightmares.
Bette Davis was much more terrifying than any spider, real or fictional, if you ask me.
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(1) ObeliskToucher made the following comment | Jul 22, 2011 3:08:49 PM | Permalink
Heh... Mom was a big Bette Davis fan, so the whole family -- Mom, Dad, Sis (5) and I(9) -- piled into the station wagon and headed off to the Skytop Drive-In outside St. Louis, MI to see this movie when it came out. Talk about nightmare fuel...
I saw this movie about the same age as you. We were living in Las Vegas, and I went with a friend's family to see, originally, Mary Poppins. However, that movie was sold out, so the mom - who was a security guard at a casino - took us to see Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte instead.
That scene where the head rolls down the stairs scarred me for life.
I've never even heard of this movie. Didn't your parents look at the movie rating before buying tickets?
Didn't your parents look at the movie rating before buying tickets?
"Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte" was released in 1965.
The MPAA rating system, as we know it wasn't created until 1968, and has undergone numerous changes since then.
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