Monday, March 2, 2015

Who Slew Auntie Roo?

Another Curtis Harrington movie, the follow-up to "What's the Matter With Helen?", Who Slew Auntie Roo? (1971).

      At Christmas time, Auntie Roo, Rose Forrest, played by Shelley Winters, has ten orphans from the local orphange over for the holidays.  This time, Christopher and Katy have stowed away and Auntie Roo takes a shine to Katy, reminding her of her dead daughter.

And Christopher has an overactive imagination- he starts to think Auntie Roo wants to eat them, part of a Hansel and Gretel fantasy he's built up.

Harrington, working with a script from Jimmy Sangster, noted for many of his scripts for Hammer Studios, turns this into a dark little fairy tale.

Afterwards, I watched The House of Harrington, a documentary on the director and he declared his films were tragedies- “they all have a tragic ending, every one of them.”  That includes "Who Slew Auntie Roo?".