Movie Notes: Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte

October 20, 2008

Note: This is an entry in the second Webomatica So Bad They’re Good movie contest.

Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte

3 stars = 3 stars

Starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorhead
Directed by Robert Aldrich


Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) lives alone in a huge Louisiana plantation house, harboring a dark past – her lover John Mayhew was murdered. The townsfolk believe Charlotte was responsible – or was she?

The Good

The Bad


The exaggerated direction make this flick seem like Citizen Kane, Gone With The Wind, and Psycho put in a blender. Then add a much older Havilland (Gone With The Wind), Moorhead (Citizen Kane), and Cotten (Citizen Kane) and Davis (All About Eve), all classic movie actors burning up the screen with an overdose of acting talent to pulverize a weak plot into oblivion.

I was slightly dismayed to see former screen greats trapped in this sort of camp horror. There should be a government program to keep aged stars from damaging their past reputations via sub-par movies. I’d like to nominate Diane Keaton for this social security service.

Still – surprise, surprise – I enjoyed this film is too much to consider it truly so-bad-it’s-good. There are enough interesting things going on to actually give it 3 stars on the “good” scale.


  1. from the trailer i saw,it is terrifying and full of suspense

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