Sunday, July 26, 2009

What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?(1969)

 4 / 5 Jul '09
Tagline: A horrific tale...with grave consequences!
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Written by: Theodore Apstein, Ursula Curtiss
Actors include: Geraldine Page, Ruth Gordon, Rosemary Forsyth
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Length: 101 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

Now this was a cute little black comedy/thriller that surprisingly doesn't get mentioned very often. Geraldine Page was great as the widow who finds out that she is no longer rich and that her husband was worth nothing when he died. She can't bear the thought of living without money so she devises a plan. Kill the servants and steal their money, what a fantastic idea (plus corpses make the trees grow quite nicely). When she takes in Ruth Gordon after finding out she has a tidy sum saved she meets her match as she does a little sleuthing herself. It's not very heavy handled at all which I like, it's not the sort of film that would have one falling over with laughter but definitely a few snickers are in order. It's even got some creepy moments when you just know something terrible is going to happen. It builds up a fair bit of tension, it entertains, amuses and I quite enjoyed this flick from beginning to end.

Availability:  On DVD

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