Mommie Dearest

USA | 1981 | 129 mins | 14A


In this biographical film, glamorous yet lonely star Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) takes in two orphans, and at first their unconventional family seems happy. But after Joan’s attempts at romantic fulfillment go sour and she is fired from her contract with MGM studios, her callous and abusive behavior towards her daughter Christina (Diana Scarwid) becomes even more pronounced. Christina leaves home and takes her first acting role, only to find her mother’s presence still overshadowing her.

Director: Frank Perry
Cast: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid


Join Dumpster Raccoon Cinema as it examines both the beginnings and ends of one of cinema’s campiest genres…

Psycho-biddy! Grande dame guignol! HAGSPLOITATION – at once the purest expression of Hollywood’s contempt for that most disposable of currency, the aging starlet, and the source of many of those actress’s second lives and greatest performances. And it all comes crashing down here, as the grande dame of hagsploitation herself, Joan Crawford, is skewered in vicious biopic hatchet job MOMMIE DEAREST (1981)!

You’ve seen it spoofed a thousand times – now see why.

JOAN CRAWFORD was in the heyday of Hollywood glamour a force to be reckoned with – but as the Garbos and Shearers of yesterday fell away, Crawford refused to let her star diminish, even when she was labelled “box office poison.” She orchestrated comeback after comeback, shadow-producing smash success first with MILDRED PIERCE (1945) and then with the advent of hagsploitation itself, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE (1962), the film that exploited her own personal feud with Bette Davis and their fading Hollywood allure to lurid smash success.

But Crawford’s willingness to exploit her personal life for fame allegedly reached much deeper and darker depths. MOMMIE DEAREST (1981) is the account of her adopted daughter’s childhood abuses at her hand – adapted from a book and brought to screaming, scene-chewing life by FAYE DUNAWAY, whose own baroque method acting in the role of Joan Crawford elevates the film to high camp classic, spawning meme after meme and iconic line after iconic line and drag performance after drag performance. This is a chance to see the film as it was meant to be seen – with a bunch of rowdy queers! Ditch those wire hangers, and BRING THE AXE!!! – ANTHONY OLIVEIRA

With video pre-show, signature cocktails, introduction by Anthony Oliveira and live drag performance!

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