The Horror Honeys: Hardcover Thursday Jam ~ 'I've Written a Letter to Daddy'

Hardcover Thursday Jam ~ 'I've Written a Letter to Daddy'

I've written a letter to Daddy
His address is Heaven above
I've written "Dear Daddy, we miss you
And wish you were with us to love"
Instead of a stamp, I put kisses
The postman says that's best to do
I've written a letter to Daddy
Saying "I love you"

I think it's widely acknowledged that Robert Aldrich's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) is one of the scariest horror films of all time. If you don't agree, then you probably weren't paying attention when you watched it. Joan Crawford and Bette Davis despised each other, and if the two of them had been left alone in a Survivor-type situation, I have no doubt this film is exactly how their real life would have played out. What most people might not know is that the film is actually based on a novel by Henry Farrell, though it doesn't seem possible that this story could have been imagined with any two other women in mind. Unequivocally, one of the creepiest moments in the film occurs when Davis's Baby Jane Hudson tries to re-create a pivotal moment in her childhood career by singing a song that is unsettling enough when a kid performs it. But as Davis, painted up like a baby hooker, dances around a makeshift stage under the cringing stares of her accompanist (played to hilarious perfection by Victor Buono), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane hits that "Oh, dear god," apex of awkwardness. I'm not sure I've ever watched this scene with both eyes open. ~RH