Thursday, December 6, 2012

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)

The children of a local orphanage are invited to spend Christmas dinner with Auntie Roo, an aged entertainer who once lost a child of her own. Auntie Roo takes a particular liking to young Katy, who reminds her of her own missing Katharine, but her loneliness and despair will lead to kidnapping and worse in this twisted take on Hansel and Gretel! WHOEVER SLEW AUNTIE ROO closes out the Psycho-biddy sub-genre that was made popular by the seminal classic WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?, this time placing the crazed old crone in the context of a modern fairy tale. The overblown theatrics of Shelley Winters' Auntie Roo often border on camp, although they are fitting enough for her character's delirious state. Director Curtis Harrington instills a playful sense of mystery and suspense that is heightened by Kenneth V. Jones' mischievous score. The subtle scares and overriding feelings of child-like fantasy are served up with a healthy side of ham by Ms. Winters.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like WHOEVER SLEW AUNTIE ROO?:
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO AUNT ALICE?, THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED, KILL BABY KILL, DARK FORCES, MADHOUSE, THE COMPANY OF WOLVES.



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1 comment:

  1. This film is so neat, as well as inspiring, too. I highly recommend it, of course. (It might encourage me to write a crossover fanfic that's based on this movie sometime.)

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