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17 Horror Films Only LGBT People Understand

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Baby Jane Hudson may have been the first former child star terror, but she certainly wasn’t the last. The queer community owes director Robert Aldrich and the famously feuding divas Bette Davis and Joan Crawford a million thanks for delivering one of the most enduring, quotable camp classics of all time.

Davis plays aging child star Baby Jane Hudson, while Crawford stars as Blanche, an actress whose career jumped from vaudevillian child stardom to the big screen until she was “mysteriously” run down by a car, leaving her paralyzed, in a wheelchair, and vulnerable to her sister’s twisted machinations while holed up in their decrepit mansion. Between crooning out hits like “I’ve Written a Letter to Daddy,” accompanied by her creepy in-house pianist, Jane torments Blanche most memorably by killing her parakeet and serving it to her on a silver platter. Is there anything more deliciously awful than that? If that’s not enough, we have Baby Jane to thank for the oft-quoted taunt, “But you are, Blanche, you are in that chair.” — Tracy E. Gilchrist


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