Hush-- Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Hush-- Hush, Sweet Charlotte

DVD - 2008
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Charlotte was a Southern belle preparing to elope with her married lover-- until he was murdered. Now, 37 years later, she lives alone in her mansion, slowly going mad as she is haunted by the memory of the unsolved crime and tormented by the local townspeople who believe she killed him. But when her cousin comes to visit, the skeletons begin to tumble out of the closet-- and that's when the terror really begins.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2008.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SUSPENSE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (133 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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TBrien
Sep 18, 2017

Fine film and the special features on this DVD are worth checking out!

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linoboy
Jun 25, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0VRXtRDItg

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jrdad63
Jul 18, 2016

Take this film with a grain (or 10) of salt, remember it is from an earlier era, and just enjoy it for what it is....

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pl8
Nov 07, 2015

I love this movie. Yes its just a cheesy old horror film, but it has a great style and southern gothic creepiness that makes it stand above other films like it. Cecil Kellaway's character is heartbreaking and its also oddly topical in the internet age, which makes scenes with Kellaway's reporter a strange departure of warmth and understanding from an otherwise hysterical an paranoid story filled with gossip and "gaslighting". An impressive all-star cast of really great actors doesn't hurt it either.

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lucylucy
May 10, 2015

This is one of my absolute favourite movies. Joseph Cotten, Bette Davis, Olivia De Havilland! All great and legendary actors. This movie is incredibly creepy and keeps your interest all the way through. So twisted and extremely entertaining.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jan 10, 2014

Released in 1964 - "Hush-Hush, Sweet Charlotte" seems to be one of those "damned-if-you-do/damned-if-you-don't" movies where you already know what's going to happen about 10 minutes before it actually does.

Yes. There were a few surprises awaiting the viewer here, but, this "Let's-Drive-Charlotte-Insane" picture should've been, literally, loaded to the rafters with shocks and shivers galore.

Now, don't get me wrong here. I wouldn't exactly say that "Hush-Hush, Sweet Charlotte" was a lousy movie, but, then again, it certainly wasn't great, either.

The one actress who I thought was a notable standout here was Olivia De Havilland who played a very effective villainess as Charlotte's cousin Mariam Deering. One of this film's biggest highlights was when Mariam's sweet, chirpy facade was finally stripped away to expose the truly vicious and calculating bitch who lurked within.

The one thing that this film had going against it was its 132-minute running time. Had a good half-hour been skillfully edited from this picture, I think that that would've done wonders in helping to sustain its dragged-out suspense and, thus, keep the viewer continuously interested throughout the story.

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Monolith
Oct 17, 2013

Definitely dated, and a little dry, but it gets juicier in the second half, after the fake Bruce Dern head rolls down the stairs. Evidently Robert Aldrich was reaching for another "Baby Jane" here, again with Bette Davis as a whackjob, but I prefer the former. Agnes Moorehead and Olivia de Havilland (who replaced Joan Crawford, who backed out) were excellent, though, with a couple of good plot twists to wrap things up.

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Monolith
Oct 17, 2013

(Miriam catches Velma bundling up a drugged Charlotte) Miriam: "You just can't keep hogs away from the trough, can you?" Velma Cruther: "I come to get my things..." Miriam: "Is my cousin one of your *things*?" Velma Cruther: "I'm takin' her outta here... away from you!" Miriam: "The only thing you're taking out of here is YOU!" (Miriam wrestles Velma out to the stairway) Velma Cruther: "Oh, so you're finally showin' the right side of your face, ain't cha? Well I seen it all the time! (pulls out a vial) That's some kinda drug that you been givin' her! You been makin' her ACT the way she's been! Well, I'm goin' into town... and I'm goin' to tell them what you been up to!" (Miriam smashes a chair over Velma's head, who then rolls violently down the stairway into a heap)

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