Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
An unusually long pre-credits sequence establishes the roots of faded Southern belle Charlotte's (Bette Davis) insanity; she'd been witness to the dismemberment murder of her fiance (Bruce Dern) and the suicide of the murderer, her own father (Victor Buono). Years later, Charlotte remains a recluse in her decaying southern mansion, zealously guarding the secret of her father's guilt; she is cared for by her slatternly housekeeper (Agnes Moorehead). When her house is targeted for demolition, Charlotte fears that this will uncover her lover's body parts and thus confirm that her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This well executed and well acted Gothic horror is Aldrich's follow-up to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? which also starred Bette Davis."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Director Aldrich's work on Baby Jane was already a study in hysteria, and his style for Charlotte is, if anything, even more ornate."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Smothered in Spanish moss, creakily derivative of Baby Jane, this one proves you can't borrow from the same well twice."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Bette Davis in her late, creepy mode...and still effective."
‑ Steve Crum,
"If it's Grand Guignol you're after, here's where you'll find it."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"essentially: well-shot schlock"
‑ Don Willmott,
"Davis' near-crazed performance being over-the-top but satisfying in a campy way."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This film is bonkers ... heady Southern Gothic decadence, histrionics from just about everyone involved, and severed body parts that pop up at the most inopportune times."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"First-rate souther gothic thriller. Much better than the overrated BABY JANE"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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