Grande Dame Guignol Cinemaby michaelgosullivan | created - 15 Mar 2015 | updated - 5 months ago | Public
Grande Dame Guignol cinema also referred to as hagsploitation, hag horror and Psycho-biddy is a subgenre of horror/thriller movies that features a formerly-glamorous older woman who has become mentally unbalanced and terrorizes those around her. The genre officially began in 1962 with the film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and lasted through its heyday of the 1960s, 1970s and beyond
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2. Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Not Rated | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.
3. Dead Ringer (1964)
Unrated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
The working-class twin sister of a callous, wealthy woman impulsively murders her out of revenge and assumes her identity. But impersonating her dead twin is more complicated and risky than she anticipated.
4. The Nanny (1965)
Unrated | 93 min | Thriller
There's just something not quite right when Bette Davis stars as an English nanny. And is her 10-year-old charge an emotionally disturbed murderer or just an insolent brat?
5. The Anniversary (1968)
Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Three sons who work in the family construction business help their overbearing mother celebrate her anniversary to her late husband.
6. Strait-Jacket (1964)
Approved | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
After a twenty-year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.
10. The Witches (1966)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror
Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well.
13. What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)
R | 101 min | Crime, Musical, Mystery
Two middle-aged women move to Hollywood, California after their sons are convicted of a notorious murder and open a dance school for children eager to tap their way to stardom.
15. The Night Walker (1964)
Passed | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman is haunted by recurring nightmares, which seem to be instigated by her late husband who supposedly was killed in a fire.
17. Night Watch (1973)
PG | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Ellen Wheeler, a rich woman, is recovering from a nervous breakdown with the help of her husband and a good friend. One day, while staring out the window, she witnesses a murder. But does ... See full summary »
19. Mommie Dearest (1981)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama
Votes: 13,310 | Gross: $19.03M
21. Persecution (1974)
PG | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Young David Masters drowns his mothers cat Sheba in its milk, claiming she loves it more than he, one of many such Shebas he has killed. As a grown man, he returns home with his wife Janie ... See full synopsis »
23. Notes on a Scandal (2006)
R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
Votes: 71,807 | Gross: $17.51M
24. Death at Love House (1976 TV Movie)
Unrated | 74 min | Horror, Mystery
Donna and Joel Gregory are researching a book about long dead Hollywood goddess Lorna Love. They are staying at Lorna's estate while interviewing old "friends" of Lorna. Joel, whose father ... See full summary »
26. The Skeleton Key (2005)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.
Votes: 101,143 | Gross: $47.81M
29. Petals on the Wind (2014 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
A decade after Cathy, Christopher, and Carrie escaped from their grandparents' attic at Foxworth Hall, Petals on the Wind continues to follow the twisted plight of the family as they ... See full summary »
30. Seeds of Yesterday (2015 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
The Sheffield family deals with home truths as their middle child inherits the Foxworth mansion with the family's ghosts ever-looming. The curse lives on and more tragedies are in store.
31. If There Be Thorns (2015 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Living together with their loving and happy new family, Christopher and Cathy's past come to haunt them. Their mother Corrine moves in next door.
33. Eye of the Cat (1969)
M/PG | 102 min | Horror
A man and his girlfriend plan to rob the mansion of the man's eccentric but wealthy aunt. However, the aunt keeps dozens of cats in her home, and the man is deathly afraid of cats.
34. Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A sculptor hires young college girls to take care of his elderly mother and his supposedly insane sister, both of whom live in the old family mansion with him.
36. Picture Mommy Dead (1966)
Unrated | 82 min | Horror, Thriller
Teenaged Susan Shelley is released from an asylum where she's been confined after the shock suffered over the fiery death of her glamorous socialite mother. Her father has a new wife, who ... See full summary »
37. Savage Intruder (1970)
R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller
An aging actress whose career ended in the '30s lives in her decaying mansion with a retinue of bizarre people, including a personal assistant who keeps an arsenal of weapons.