Former Female Sex Symbols Became Murderous Hags In The '60s
As Hollywood entered the 1960s, they realized they had a problem: The gorgeous leading actresses of the day were, gasp, aging. It was out of the question to present women over 35 as attractive, because no one would buy that insanity. But Hollywood also didn't want to cast aside some of their biggest names, so they invented a brand-new genre befitting these exceptionally talented actresses: "hag-horror," aka "psycho-biddy."
It was ... not an ideal solution.
The first and most famous of these films was Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? It revolves around two washed-up child stars, played by aging sex symbols Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, who go crazy with jealousy and become embroiled in a bitter, murderous feud. So ... pretty much what happened in real life. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, so of course we got a slew of hasty ripoffs.
Warner Bros. PicturesThe '60s: when you could lose track of a baby and not think about it until years later.
Moving swiftly to capitalize on Baby Jane's success, Crawford returned with Strait-Jacket in 1964. The film follows a convicted ax-murderer who, after being released from an asylum, immediately picks up her trusty ax and starts decapitating people again. It was nominated for no Academy Awards, because it sucked.
Columbia PicturesDude, spoilers.