director Robert Aldrich
“Psycho-biddy! Psycho-biddy! Psycho-biddy!”
– sing to the tune of the Ramones’ “Psychotherapy”
Psycho-biddy? Grande Dame Guignol? Hagsploitation? Hag horror?
As a kid, I had all these movies mixed up in my head. “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte, I’m trying to find out What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” Probably didn’t help that both starred Bette Davis and were directed by Robert Aldrich (though I would have been unaware of the latter fact, it probably is a tell in stylistics). I always liked Bette Davis. I always had issues with Joan Crawford.
Bette Davis is ON FIRE throughout the film. And Victor Buono! So good.
I had totally forgotten the opening part of the film, showing the grand dames as children. Baby Jane is like Rhoda from The Bad Seed (1956) with the shrill and saccharine amped up to 11.