Feature: Hagsploitation/Grande Dame Guignol Classics

Since the release of Feud is fast approaching, we thought it was the perfect time to celebrate some Grande Dame Guignol/Hagsploitation/Old Broad in Peril classics. After all, Feud chronicles the making of What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? which famously pitted two ‘over the hill’ icons against each other in the world of Gothic melodrama – not to mention the behind the scenes backdrop of sixties Hollywood. 

After typing out a near two-thousand page essay on the Hagsploitation genre and Blogger deciding to wipe it and then autosave, you’re not going to get our commentary on these various Hasploitation pieces – always type up in Word first, folks. Lesson learnt. However, we still do want to share these classics with you, so here’s a list of the films with some nice images.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962 
Joan Crawford & Bette Davis 

Dead Ringer 1964 
Bette Davis 

Strait-Jacket 1964
Joan Crawford 

Lady in a Cage 1964 
Olivia de Havilland

Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 
Bette Davis & Olivia de Havilland 

Die! Die! My Darling! 1965 
Tallulah Bankhead 

The Night Walker 1964 
Barbara Stanwyck 

I Saw What You Did 1965 
Joan Crawford 

The Nanny 1965 
Bette Davis

The Witches 1966 
Joan Fontaine & Kay Walsh 

Games 1967 
Simone Signoret 

Berserk 1967 
Joan Crawford 

Savage Intruder 1970 
Miriam Hopkins 

What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? 1969
Geraldine Page & Ruth Gordon

Eye of the Cat 1969 
Eleanor Parker 

Trog 1970 
Joan Crawford

The Beast in the Cellar 1970 
Beryl Reid & Flora Robson 

Cry of the Banshee 1970 
Elisabeth Bergner 

What’s the Matter with Helen? 1971 
Debbie Reynolds & Shelley Winters 

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? 1971 
Shelley Winters 

Blood and Lace 1971 
Gloria Grahame 

The Screaming Woman 1972
Olivia de Havilland

The Baby 1973 
Ruth Roman 

The Killing Kind 1973 
Ruth Roman & Ann Sothern

Night Watch 1973 
Elizabeth Taylor 

Killer Bees 1974
Gloria Swanson

Persecution 1975 
Lana Turner & Sheba the Cat 

Carrie 1976
Piper Laurie 

Ruby 1977 
Piper Laurie 

Killer Nun 1979
Anita Ekberg

Windows 1980 
Elizabeth Ashley & Talia Shire 

The Fan 1981 
Lauren Bacall 

Mommie Dearest 1981 
Faye Dunaway

Misery 1990 
Kathy Bates 

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? 1991
Vanessa Redgrave & Lynn Redgrave

Mommy 1995 & Mommy’s Day 1997
Patty McCormack

The Landlady 1998 
Talia Shire 

Hush 1998
Jessica Lange

Die, Mommie, Die! 2003 
Charles Busch

The Omen 2006 
Mia Farrow 

Inside 2007 
Béatrice Dalle 

Black Swan 2010
Barbara Hershey 

Mother’s Day 2010 
Rebecca De Mornay 

The Butterfly Room 2012
Barbara Steele

Carrie 2013 
Julianne Moore 

Flowers in the Attic (2014)
Ellen Burstyn & Heather Graham

American Horror Story (2011 -)
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy & Angela Bassett

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