Sunday, October 6, 2013
WHAT BECAME OF JACK AND JILL? (1972)
Looking for movies similar to the English crazy-family flick GIRLY I came across this Amicus studios production. This is probably the most atypical movie I've ever seen from Amicus since it's not a horror film at all but basically a drama/thriller about a young guy who generally hates old people and in particular his grandma who he stands to inherit a great deal of money from when she kicks the bucket. So along with his sneaky/sexy girlfriend, played by Vanessa Howard, who also played the title role in GIRLY, they set out to help usher Gran as quickly into her grave as possible. Granny does get the last laugh with a little twist towards the end and what I learned from this movie is if you're gonna be a heartless, murdering, scumbag bastard don't take a partner and especially not a female partner who's prone to violent fits of jealousy.
There's a great scene where our main nefarious fellow fantasizes about being a Nazi and machine-gunning down a whole van-load of old-folks and dear old grandma right in her bed. This, along with the whole film really, serves as a great metaphor for the generation-clash that was very prevalent in the late 60's/ early 70's. Of course if we were to remake this nowadays(pretending for a second that they still shoot actual films today and not shot-on-video glorified beer-commercials) the roles would have to be reversed since almost all young people today are about the most sheep-like, boring, computer/hive-minded group of people you could ever encounter and old-folks are the only ones left that even remember what being an individual with any sense of freedom was like.
Unfortunately Vannessa Howard never gets naked in this but check it out anyway if you can deal with a slow-moving British drama about murdering the oldies. AKA ROMEO AND JULIET '71
This trailer gives off a way stronger horror-vibe than what you get in the actual movie: