In this chilling blood-tale in "Psycho" style, Robert Bloch modernizes the Lizzy Borden story. A wife (Joan Crawford) literally axes her cheating husband and his lover, witnessed by her three-year-old daughter. Mom is packed off to the insane asylum for 20 years before reuniting with the daughter (Diane Baker). From this point, the axe murders continue along a contrived plot intended to lead the audience astray until the mystery is solved. Crawford's strong performance and the excellently constructed suspense are the best ...
In this chilling blood-tale in "Psycho" style, Robert Bloch modernizes the Lizzy Borden story. A wife (Joan Crawford) literally axes her cheating husband and his lover, witnessed by her three-year-old daughter. Mom is packed off to the insane asylum for 20 years before reuniting with the daughter (Diane Baker). From this point, the axe murders continue along a contrived plot intended to lead the audience astray until the mystery is solved. Crawford's strong performance and the excellently constructed suspense are the best elements of the film -- and the chopping saves the show when the plot tends to slow. Lucinda Ramsey, Rovi
Edith Atwater, George Kennedy, Rochelle Hudson, John Anthony Hayes, Howard St. John, Leif Erickson, Diane Baker, Joan Crawford. New. 1964 Run time: 89. Buy with confidence-Satisfaction Guaranteed! Delivery Confirmation included for all orders in the US.
New. 0043396437418 Movie queen Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce) gives a terrific performance in this chiller from pioneer horror movie producer William Castle (House on Haunted Hill). Crawford plays Lucy Harbin, a woman who goes berserk when she finds her husband in bed with another woman. With her three-year-old daughter accidentally witnessing the grisly act, Lucy axes the couple to death then spends twenty years in a mental institution for the double murder. After she is released, she moves in with her brother (Leif Erickson, On the Waterfront), his wife and her own daughter (Diane Baker, The Silence of the Lambs), now twenty-three. Her nightmare is over...or is it? When a series of ax murders suddenly starts occurring in the neighborhood, police think Lucy has reverted to her old ways. The truth is finally revealed in a rousing, blood-chilling finale. Newly remastered.
Joan Crawford; Diane Baker; Leif Erickson; Howard St. John; John Anthony Hayes; Rochelle Hudson. New. Ships worldwide with delivery confirmation. We answer all e-mails within one business day. Run time: 90 mins. Language: English.
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So William Castle was hoping to get out of the B movie game. After seeing Ms. Crawford in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" he wrote this script with her in mind. And lucky for us it never elevated him into the A lister category.
Joan Crawford is Lucy Harbin an older woman married to a younger man. One weekend she's out of town and the Mr. is out on the prowl. She comes back early to find her husband in bed with some young thing. So what does she do? She gets an axe and takes off their heads. Too bad their three year daughter witnessed it all. Oops.
Flash forward twenty years later and Lucy is ready to be released into the care of her now grown daughter (Carol) who has been living with her aunt and uncle. Carol is happy to have her mother back, she's an artist and is engaged to the rich boy the next farm over. She is trying to help her mother adjust but something isn't quite right. Maybe that's because after mommy dearest arrives more axe murders start to happen? Hmmmm wonder who's doing that?
There are some truly brilliant moment thanks to Joan Crawford. Check out the scene when Carol introduces her fiancee to Lucy. Lucy goes from shy memaw to cougar on the prowl from 0-60. And we have advertising synergy too! Well placed crates of Pepsi Cola in one kitchen scene, of course Ms. Crawford was married to the president of Pepsi Cola at the time. And a blink and you'll just miss it un-credited cameo from Lee Majors as the unfortante Mr. Harbin at the begining. And let's not forget George Kennedy as the unlucky loud mouth farm hand. All around this is one fun film that doesn't really leave you guessing but its a hoot to watch.