Movie Cycles: Horror Thrillers about Older Women (What Ever Happened tp Baby Jane?)

The commercial success of Robert Aldrich’s What Ever Happened tp Baby Jane? (released in October 1962), spawned a cycle of horror thriller about psychotic older women, who are often confined in their own house–by will or circumstances.

It was later dubbed by some critics as the psycho-biddy subgenre.

Included in this 1960s cycle are:

Robert Aldrich’s Hush…Hush, Sweet Chalotte

What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?

Curtis Harrington’s Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?

What’s the Matter with Helen?


Among other things, the above horror cycle offered much needed roles for aging actresses, such as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.