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441 Ratings

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Directed by Robert Aldrich
United States, 1964
Drama, Horror, Thriller


Charlotte Hollis, an aging recluse deluded into a state of dementia by horrible memories and hallucinations, lives in a secluded house where, thirty-seven years before, John Mayhew her married lover, was beheaded and mutilated by an unknown assailant.

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Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Directed by Robert Aldrich

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1965 | 7 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1965 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1965 | Winner: Best Motion Picture

Critics reviews

It’s a bit long and convoluted for this sort of thing. But Aldrich exercises wonderful control over the stormy set-pieces and the ghoulish sense of humor, and the film’s head isn’t empty. It’s a game of movie star personas about the perils of being (in)famous, elevated because such talents would stoop to the material. And its narrative trap snaps shut with the glorious payoff of Bette Davis doing a demented version of walking the red carpet. I’ll take it over Scarlet O’Hara any day.
October 14, 2017
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The [Southern Gothic] genre suits [Aldrich]. When it calls for the macabre, he goes full-throttle—the first ten minutes of Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte build to the brutally trippy meat cleaver decapitation of Charlotte’s lover Jim Mayhew (an early role for Bruce Dern), rendered in deep chiaroscuro, extreme angles, and pulpy gore. But that’s nothing compared to Aldrich’s treatment of Charlotte’s (Bette Davis) nightmarish visions of blinding lightning, cracked mirrors, and decapitated limbs
July 02, 2017
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