Since I call this blog “John Waters Movie Locations and other Divine Dirt” I hope it’s OK if I post some stuff that belongs under the ”Divine Dirt” category. I won’t stray away too far…
I just wanted to write about some truly epic trash masterpieces, Trog and Wicked Stepmother, the final films for Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, respectively. I like to imagine that since they supposedly had a real life feud that perhaps they even wanted to battle for THE absolute worst last movie. I think it’s a tie! So instead, I highly recommend watching them try to outperform each other in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? And if you want to go an extra step, watch the Redgrave sisters duke it out in the 1991 made-for-tv remake.
If you’re a true John Waters fan, your life wouldn’t be complete unless you watched films that inspired him. William Castle directed Joan Crawford in I Saw What You Did (which also had it’s own craptastic 1988 made-for-tv remake) and Strait-Jacket (which shows up briefly in Serial Mom). The latter shows Joan Crawford and her axe-weilding ways long before she was portrayed by Faye Dunaway screaming, “TINA! Bring me the axe!”, in Mommie Dearest.
For a REAL treat, you must listen to the John Waters dvd commentary on the Hollywood Royalty Edition of Mommie Dearest where I found out that Faye Dunaway is probably the only person who doesn’t seem to have a sense of humor about this movie. I also learned that Bette Davis even had a bitch-ass daughter write a tell-all book about her. One major difference between Christina Crawford’s book (Mommie Dearest) and Barbara Davis-Hyman’s book (My Mother’s Keeper) is that Bette Davis actually LIVED to read what her daughter had to say about her! So what did she do? She disinherited her and responded with her own book, This ‘N That, which ended with an open letter to B.D. Hyman about the “figments of her imagination.”