Horror Comedy / Black Comedy – Death Becomes Her – Starring Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Isabella Rossellini and Bruce Willlis

Death Becomes Her

Now this movie was absolutely hilarious! The first time I watched it I didn’t know what to expect as I just picked it up as a rental! Expect the Unexpected as this is random. 🙂

Famous Cast and Commerical Success

“Death Becomes Her” is a black comedy starring Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Isabella Rossellini and Bruce Willis. It was released in 1992 and was a commercial success grossing $149 million worldwide. It was very popular but received mixed reviews from the critics.

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Cult Following

It was directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. The film now has a Cult followng.

Female Rivalry

The plot centres around the rivalry between the two central characters; Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) and Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn). They are childhood rivals whose paths cross when Helen is invited to Madeline’s theatrical performance.

Her fiance Dr Ernest Menville (Bruce Willis) is smitten and leaves her for the narcissistic actress. Helen then goes into a slump hiding away and binge eating.

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Seven Years Later

She plots revenge and roll on seven years and Madeline and Ernest are miserable and Helen is now magically transformed into the glamorous one. Karma comes into action.

Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis Death Becomes Her

Magic Potion and Eternal Youth

Madeline is frustrated by the onset of age and tempted by the promise of a Magic Potion that promises Eternal Youth.  Isabella Rossellini plays Lisle von Rhoman, the lady with the potion. a mysterious, wealthy socialite who is 71 but looks decades younger.

Meryl Streep Isabella Rossellini Death Becomes Her

Special Effects

Madeline drinks it, the plot thickens and the drama intensifies. I won’t give the whole plot away. But this film is worth watching as it’s really funny and the special effects are brilliant and were technologically complex to deliver and cutting edge for the time.

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Accidents with Shovels

“The production had a fair number of mishaps. For example, in a scene where Helen Sharp and Madeline Ashton are battling with shovels, Meryl Streep accidentally cut Goldie Hawn’s face, leaving a faint scar. Streep admitted that she disliked working on a project that focused so heavily on special effects, saying:

“ My first, my last, my only. I think it’s tedious. Whatever concentration you can apply to that kind of comedy is just shredded. You stand there like a piece of machinery—they should get machinery to do it. I loved how it turned out. But it’s not fun to act to a lampstand. “Pretend this is Goldie, right here! Uh, no, I’m sorry, Bob, she went off the mark by five centimeters, and now her head won’t match her neck!” It was like being at the dentist.” (Wikipedia)

Death Becomes Her, another Horror Comedy to watch. Goldie Hawn is absolutely hilarious in this.

Death Becomes Her Movie


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