Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
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With loads of suspense and a high creep factor, Baby Jane Hudson slowly goes off her rocker serving grotesque meals, committing a brutal murder (view spoiler)[of Edna the housekeeper (hide spoiler)] and generally cont...more
I have never seen the famous movie, but I have seen photos and short clips of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in it. This is a spooky, creepy story but it is told in a very amusing, campy way.
This book was way ahead of it's time. Being a child star is such a rough path in life. I don't know why, in this day and age, anyone would subject their own child to it. Before Lindsay Lohan, McCauley Culkin and Justin Beiber there was this little girl…
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First of all, if you haven't seen the film go see it. As a gay man with a healthy respect for old Hollywood and camp horror I could be talking from my narrow personal worldview, much how a group of gourmands would be shocked ("What do you mean you've never had crème bachique!") at the eat ...more
If you've seen the movie, you're not going to gain anything by reading the book. The movie is very faithful to the story, with the added bonus of seeing Bette Davis and Joan Crawford work their magic in every scene.
It's not easy to talk about the story itself without giving something away, and so I won't.
It had been years since I had seen the movie, so I watched it again immediately after finishing the story. Because it was faithful to Farrell's story, and since I ...more
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Whatever happened to Baby Jane is about two sisters with a complicated relationship. The two sisters we're both stars at certain points in their lives and it was this part of their lives that tore them apart but also brought them together in an unforeseen way. Now that they're older they're locked away in a house with Jane taking care of her sister Blanche who is handicapped due to an accident years ago that everyone blamed Jane is on the verge of a psychoti ...more
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Everything about Whatever Happened To Baby Jane is grounded hard in gothic tradition; the melodrama, the urgency, the aching obstacles that prevent a character from even crossing a room...this oldie was a chiller mostly because it is an oldie - ...more
Baby Jane Hudson was the breadwinner of her family in the age of Vaudeville and never lets her family forget it. The tables turn when Blanche Hudson becomes the movie star and Jane is only gets parts because Blanche demands it in her contract. At the height of Blanche's career there is an accident that leaves her paralyzed and dependent on Jane. Jane seems to relish in the role of caretaker as this leaves her to torment Blanche and get back on top.
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This, this is one of the best. Secrets, regrets, resentment, outright hatred, craziness but still a hint of love and possibilities. If you are all "sunshine" and happiness, read this. I hope you become more human in all its sinister, dark but real facets.
A modern gothic tale, but timeless.
The movie versions were brilliant as well. The original one in 1962 with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis was a fucking master ...more
The happiness, Hollywood/fame takes from a person is rich. Rich in its efforts to birth hatred at an early age. Any age. The price of fortune and fame, as seen through the life of these moving...ALIVE characters when you opened and turned the pages of his book almost angers you t ...more
“Then, as the room and the objects inside began gradually to gather dimension and shape, she leaned sharply forward, and her eyes widened with horror. For a space of nearly fifteen seconds she stood breathlessly still and then, with a low, animal moan of numbed disbelief, she put out a trembling ...more
It is every bit as enjoyable as the movie, and it's a testament to the powerful acting of Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Victor Buono that I could hear their voices in the book. The movie hewed closely to the novel and a quick search showed that Farrell was also one of the screenwriters. The only thing I missed in the novel was the phrase, "But ya are, Blanche, ya ARE!"
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