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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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Vanessa Howard ...
Jill Standish
Mona Washbourne ...
Gran Alice Tallent
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Johnnie Tallent
George Benson ...
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George A. Cooper ...
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Dickson
Angela Down ...
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Patricia Fuller ...
Frankie
Peter Jeffrey ...
Dr. Graham
Renee Roberts ...
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Lillias Walker ...
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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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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 »

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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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A minor footnote in the history of British psycho thrillers
21 August 2007 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is an obscure English thriller, whose interrogative, nursery rhymesque title suggests an attempt to connect it to the series of bigger-budgeted "crazy old lady" thrillers directed by Robert Aldrich and Curtis Harrington ("Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?", "Who Slew Auntie Roo?", etc.). The old lady here though (played by Mona Washburn) is genuinely sweet, and the villains are her lazy, amoral grandson and his sexy Lady Macbeth-in-training girlfriend (Vanessa Howard). The two young people plot to get their hands on grannie's money, but rather than simply pushing her down the stairs they hatch an elaborate plot to convince her that radical youth have taken over England are planning to do away with "oldies" like her. This is thus kind of like a nasty horror version of the recent film "Goodbye, Lenin", but not played for (intentional) laughs.

This is an entertaining movie while Washburn is in it, but the other two characters are so disagreeable that it's hard to care much about them after she exits, and the young couple are also too one-dimensional to really relish them getting their eventual just desserts either. This isn't really the fault of the actors though. Vanessa "Girly" Howard is especially good(even if her failure to take off her clothes is pretty regrettable).

This movie was also probably a little too tame for 1972, even for the famously violence-adverse British, and this too might have led to it's failure and current obscurity. Still it isn't a bad movie, and deserves at least a minor footnote in the history of the British psycho thriller.


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