Wednesday November 22, 2023 at 7:00PM
Hagsploitation! Psycho-biddy! Grand dame Guignol! Whatever you want to call it, this sub-genre centering on deranged older women embodies Hollywood's enduring hypocrisy when it comes to aging women.
For November, Central Cinema showcases two films born out of an era when Hollywood had a bunch of middle-aged, former stars and nothing to do with them. As a result, these actresses - who had dazzled in the classical Hollywood era as romantic leads and heroines - started appearing in horror films, portraying women who were dangerous, damaged, and well...insane.
After the huge success of Robert Aldrich’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Hollywood legend Joan Crawford found herself taking the lead in a series of lurid and sensational horror pictures in her later years – and Berserk was one of the best and most successful.
Crawford stars as a ruthless circus owner who exploits a series of gruesome murders for her own ends... until the killer targets her. Directed by Jim O’Connolly (Valley of Gwangi, Tower of Evil) and co-starring Diana Dors (Yield to the Night, Deep End), Michael Gough (Horror Hospital, Batman) and Judy Geeson (10 Rillington Place, Inseminoid), Berserk is a deranged slice of Great British Grand (Dame) Guignol – a bloody exploitation classic! (Powerhouse Films)
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