HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Ad Astra
Winslow Boy, The
Pain and Glory
Judgment at Nuremberg
Rambo: Last Blood
Sansho the Bailiff
Iron Fury
Ride in the Whirlwind
Deathstalker II
Cloak and Dagger
Honeyland
Love Ban, The
Western Stars
League of Gentlemen, The
Higher Power
Shinsengumi
IT Chapter Two
Rich Kids
Arena
Glory Guys, The
Serial Killer's Guide to Life, A
Lovers and Other Strangers
Shiny Shrimps, The
Good Woman is Hard to Find, A
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Doctor at Sea
Spear
Death Cheaters
Wild Rose
Streetwalkin'
Mystify: Michael Hutchence
Devil's Playground, The
Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters
Hustlers
Mega Time Squad
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Souvenir, The
Birds of Passage
Ma
Woman at War
   
 
Newest Articles
Start Worrying and Hate the Bomb: Fail-Safe on Blu-ray
Completely Different: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 2 on Blu-ray
Bash Street Kid: Cosh Boy on Blu-ray
Seeing is Believing: Being There on Blu-ray
Top Thirty Best (and Ten Worst) Films of the 2010s by Andrew Pragasam
Top of the Tens: The Best Films of the Decade by Graeme Clark
Terrorvision: A Ghost Story for Christmas in the 1970s
Memories Are Made of This: La Jetee and Sans Soleil on Blu-ray
Step Back in Time: The Amazing Mr. Blunden on Blu-ray
Crazy Cats and Kittens: What's New Pussycat on Blu-ray
No Place Like Home Guard: Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes on Blu-ray
A Real-Life Pixie: A Tribute to Michael J. Pollard in Four Roles
We're All In This Together: The Halfway House on Blu-ray
Please Yourselves: Frankie Howerd and The House in Nightmare Park on Blu-ray
Cleesed Off: Clockwise on Blu-ray
Sorry I Missed You: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort on Blu-ray
Silliest of the Silly: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 1 on Blu-ray
Protest Songs: Hair on Blu-ray
Peak 80s Schwarzenegger: The Running Man and Red Heat
Rock On: That'll Be the Day and Stardust on Blu-ray
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
   
 
  What Became of Jack and Jill? Help The AgedBuy this film here.
Year: 1972
Director: Bill Bain
Stars: Vanessa Howard, Mona Washbourne, Paul Nicholas, George Benson, George A. Cooper, Peter Copley, Angela Down, Patricia Fuller, Peter Jeffrey, Renee Roberts, Lillias Walker
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Johnnie Tallent (Paul Nicholas) lives as a companion to his grandmother (Mona Washbourne) in her suburban home, to all outward appearances a doting and loving grandson, or at least that's what she thinks. Except he's really not, he's biding his time until she passes away so that he can get his hands on her fortune, the problem being for him that she may be seventy-eight years old, but she's still in fine fettle. Johnnie schemes with his girlfriend Jill Standish (Vanessa Howard) about the most efficient method to send Gran to her grave...

Of all the Amicus movies, What Became of Jack and Jill? is possibly the most obscure; not a horror anthology like many of their better known works, it was more a psychological drama, and though listed in the horror genre by such sources which deigned to mention it, there was very little gore or scares. It was more a character study which tipped over into thriller territory on occasions, yet largely took the form of a fixed gaze at the cruelty of the title couple's attempts to bump off the little old lady by means of frightening her to death. As we are well aware of their machinations, the fear was not directed at us in the audience.

Which made for a slow, low key experience as Johnnie (or Jack, as he isn't called in the film) and Jill act perfectly beastly towards the innocent party, the chief weapon used against her being the threat the young have for the old. Johnnie has manufactured a belief in Gran that there's a war brewing in the streets as the youth cannot stand having to wait around and claim their just rewards from the older generation and are now going to take it by force. What an imagination, how ever did he conceive of an idea like that? Well, it's all too plain for us to see, but Gran falls for it hook, line and sinker, helped by Johnnie planting seeds of doubt in her mind.

So a riot she watches on television is connected to this upcoming revolt, but so is the "DOWN WITH THE OLDIES" graffiti which appears over night across the road, something actually written by Jill. While Washbourne elicited sympathy by dint of her being a helpless victim in all this, and Nicholas had his creepy moments as the conniving grandson, the acting honours were walked away with by Howard who illustrated why it was a real shame she never had the chances her acting career offered her. This was her last film, and apparently recognising she was putting in terrific performances that were going unseen she retired, married and moved to the States, never gracing the screen again.

With her doll-like beauty and a heart of stone, Jill makes for one of the more compelling villainesses of the late sixties-early seventies cycle of British psychothrillers, there's absolutely nothing to like about her once you can see past her physical attractiveness. This creates a tension in the first half of the movie that the second fails to live up to: basically, though it is not the fastest moving film in the genre it does build to its climax too soon, leaving the rest of it a gradual wind down to a violent finale which is less tragic and more overdoing it to fashion a memorable dose of just desserts for the wicked couple. Not a production that was throwing cash about, the restriction of the action mostly to the musty old house did concoct a claustrophobic atmosphere, with occasional trips to the graveyard or a more modern setting such as Jill's place of work at the travel agents, but the sense of frustration, even if you don't agree with what happens, was probably the main strength aside from Howard. Music by Carl Davis.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2025 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: