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What Became of Jack and Jill? (1972)

PG | | Horror | 5 May 1973 (Japan)
In order to collect inheritance money, a slacker tries to induce a heart attack in his invalid grandmother by convincing her that she's become the target of youth supremacists who want to enact a genocide on the elderly.



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Cast overview:
Vanessa Howard ...
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Mona Washbourne ...
Gran Alice Tallent
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In order to collect inheritance money, a slacker tries to induce a heart attack in his invalid grandmother by convincing her that she's become the target of youth supremacists who want to enact a genocide on the elderly.

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To Grandmother's House They Go-- For Love In The Attic, And Death Down Below. See more »




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5 May 1973 (Japan)  »

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Romeo and Juliet '71  »

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Financed by Amicus pictures in 1970 as "Romeo and Juliet '71" in an attempt to capture the ever-growing grindhouse/exploitation market. The experiment worked too well, as the final product proved to be too nihilistic for Amicus executives, who were still used to the more benign, supernatural films they had produced in the 1960s. Amicus shelved the film for two years until it was picked up for distribution by 20th Century Fox, who successfully marketed the film on the American grindhouse circuit. See more »


Johnnie Tallent: Well here's how they figure it, Gran. The Middle-aged are like customers in a swank restaurant sitting over a slap-up meal, see? Everything's rosy so why worry about tomorrow? But the young, well they're like hungry people standing in a queue outside, noses pressed up against the glass, waiting for a table.
Gran Alice Tallent: And the old? What do they say about the old?
Johnnie Tallent: Ah, the old. Well, they've finished their scoff, Gran. But they just sit on and on and on; just don't know when to get up and go.
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Out with the old, and in with the new!
14 July 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

What Became of Jack and Jill is an extremely rare British psycho chiller, and a rather good film to boot. The film takes on the idea of 'murder for profit' and mixes it with a family theme and the idea of lazy youngsters not wanting to get a job. I do have to admit that the copy I saw was sourced from a very old VHS and thus the quality was rather shabby; but in spite of that, it's still clear to see that Bill Bain's film is very well made and effective, despite not having the luxury of a big budget and star names on the cast list. The film actually has nothing to do with the classic nursery rhyme - and I'm not sure where the title comes from considering the male lead's name is 'Johnny'. Anyway, we focus on a young man living with his grandmother, who just happens to be sitting on a fortune. Naturally, the grandson wants to get his selfish mits on this fortune and so does his girlfriend; so the two hatch a plot to send the grandmother insane; leading to her death and leaving the pair free to spend all her money. However, things do not exactly go to plan.

The film is actually quite slow and the plot very relaxed in terms of it's plotting; but while the film is not particularly exciting, the slow plot does benefit it in that we get time to know the characters and the situation to ensure that the film is always intriguing. The acting is fairly decent too with the three central performers doing well in their roles. Paul Nicholas ('Blind Terror') convinces in his role as the grandchild that wants his grandmother out of the way so he can enjoy life, while Vanessa Howard (the biggest standout in Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly) is ice cold as his scheming girlfriend. Mona Washbourne ('Fragment of Fear') rounds off the central cast and gives the only likable character of the whole piece. The film is much better while there are three leads in it; after the death of the grandmother, there's some amusement in the aftermath but the rest of the film doesn't live up to the promise of what went before it. Still, What Became of Jack and Jill, while not a classic, is certainly an interesting little film and it's worth a look if you can find a copy.

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