What Ever Happened to Baby Jane

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Two aging film actresses live as virtual recluses in an old Hollywood mansion. Jane Hudson, a successful child star, cares for her crippled sister Blanche, whose career in later years eclipsed that of Jane. Now the two live together, their relationship affected by simmering subconscious thoughts of mutual envy, hate and revenge.
This movie contains 23 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Unanswered Triggers
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is there bestiality?
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Is an animal sad?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Abuse
Is someone stalked?
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Anonymous
yes bc one sister unknowingly intentionally and continues spies on another
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LJConrad
The whole film is about domestic abuse between two sisters.
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antlersantlers
*SPOILERS*
Jane manipulates/abuses Blanche throughout most of the film, but it is revealed at the end that most of their adult relationship was built on Blanche gaslighting Jane.
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Is a child abused?
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GwendolynCox
Implied neglect and a line that could be considered verbal. This is briefly in the opening scenes.
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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glitterpop95
Alcoholism.
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oreoicecrem
the main character is an alcoholic
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Animal
Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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pavementflower
Baby Jane says Blanche’s pet bird escaped when she was cleaning the cage. A few scenes later, immediately after the scene where Blanche pressed the intercom buzzer incessantly, about 50 minutes in, Baby Jane delivers lunch to Blanche with a smirk. Blanche opens the lunch tray and sees her pet bird has been killed and cooked. It’s very sad, especially because we’ve seen how much Blanche cared about her bird.
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Are animals abused?
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pavementflower
Yes, dead rat is served to Blanche.

Jane says,“You know we’ve got rats in the cellar?” Jane leaves the room but hovers in the hallway, listening. Blanche opens the lunch tray and sees Jane has served her a dead rat for lunch and screams and slams the tray closed.
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Is someone restrained?
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Is someone sexually assaulted?
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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GwendolynCox
Someone's voice gets raspy and weak from dehydration and other factors.
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there amputation?
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LJConrad
No but implied a character is killed when struck by a hammer to the head.
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Is there a hanging?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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GwendolynCox
A past injury is discussed, but not explicitly shown.
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Does someone have a seizure?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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A paralysed character climbs down stairs and falls to the floor after they reach the bottom.
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Does someone fall to their death?
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Does a kid die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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antlersantlers
Not on screen or as a plot element. It’s just referenced that their father died.
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Does someone cheat?
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antlersantlers
It doesn’t belong to a child, but a baby Jane doll is destroyed.
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Fear
Are there jump scares?
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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antlersantlers
While not a clown, there is a clown-faced jack in the box in the very first shot of the film.
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Is there a shower scene?
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Does someone spit?
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Is there audio gore?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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GwendolynCox
I think the cops would be considered good guys in this, but so would anyone outside of the home. They do not hold a heavy presence in the film.
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Are needles/syringes used?
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antlersantlers
The threat of a mental institution is used though.
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LJConrad
We see a doctor on the phone in his surgery
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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Does someone self harm?
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LJConrad
The entire plot is about a mentally ill character being abusive to a physically disabled character.
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Is there misophonia?
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GwendolynCox
Notably when Blanche eats the chocolates, mouth smacking has been dubbed in.
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Anonymous
age-related
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GwendolynCox
I think Blanche has a panic attack after the second dinner reveal. The scene is short.
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GwendolynCox
No tight spaces or getting stuck, but the movie does deal with the feeling of being trapped (in a wheelchair in one room only).
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oreoicecrem
Jane tries to starve her sister
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Noxious
Does a baby cry?
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GwendolynCox
Movie opens with a child crying
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Is there shakey cam?
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Are there flashing lights or images?
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Paranoia
Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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LJConrad
The neighbours refer to one of the main characters as fat.
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antlersantlers
The only person who explicitly dies as part of the plot (vs referenced earlier death or semi-implied death) is a black woman.
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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jtrain
The whole movie is centred around a disabled person being gaslighted and abused.
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Are there n-words?
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Sex
Is there sexual content?
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Sexism
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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Social
Is someone homeless?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Does it have a sad ending?
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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LJConrad
At the start of the film just before the titles a car crashes into a gate but it is unclear what is actually happening (plot related).
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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GwendolynCox
It is implied and discussed, but the impact and aftermath are not shown.
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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Does someone drown?
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Is there gun violence?
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