Just a couple more witchy movies left! Today we’re chatting about the 1992 special effects extravaganza, Death Becomes Her. This was one we both grew up watching a lot, though Wil had sort of forgotten. He thought he was going in sort of blind but then suddenly it all came rushing back. It was a movie for adults, but was silly enough for a kid to watch and enjoy. And we did.
At risk of plagiarizing, this description of Death Becomes Her does a better job than I’ve been able to do explaining the movie. “Madeline is married to Ernest, who was once arch-rival Helen’s fiance. After recovering from a mental breakdown, Helen vows to kill Madeline and steal back Ernest. Unfortunately for everyone, the introduction of a magic potion causes things to be a great deal more complicated than a mere murder plot.” The wild scenario lends itself to some wacky living dead antics and crazy special effects. It was pretty advanced at the time. Not ALL of it holds up, but a lot of it does.
Death Becomes Her also has some things to say about actresses of a certain age. It’s well known that in Hollywood roles for women sort of drop off in the mid-30s. They seem to only want a young ingénue or a mom. Rarely anything in between. Thankfully, actresses like Meryl Strep, Goldie Hawn, and Isabella Rossallini have been able to change that a bit over the years. However, this movie still resonated in that way because things are not exactly as they should be. More movies like this can definitely help though.
So we love Death Becomes Her for its complete dedication to camp, led by director Robert Zemeckis. What do you think? Let us know over on Twitter or in the YouTube comments! Liking, subscribing, and commenting on YouTube goes a long way in helping us break into their algorithm, so if you’re looking to support us, that’s the best way. For now though, grab a necklace that you’re going to wear as a top, tape it to your nipples, and settle in for today’s immortal episode of So…I’m Watching This Show!