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What’s the Matter with Helen?

Released 1971
Distributor UA

Writer Henry Farrell ushered in the horror-hag genre with Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, but this later iteration went into production with the title The Best of Friends, only to be changed when judged too close to the Otto Preminger movie Such Good Friends. Cult director Curtis Harrington’s stylish period production suffered from the usual studio interference, but its gothic black humor has earned it a place in the hearts of diva fans.

About Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski with his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe for The People vs. Larry Flynt and was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for the cult favorite Ed Wood.  Other credits include writing the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon, adapting the Stephen King story 1408, producing Paul Schrader's Auto Focus, and writing/producing the upcoming Tim Burton feature Big Eyes.  Larry is an active Los Angeles cineaste serving on the board of advisors for the Cinefamily and  hosting a long running film series for the American Cinematheque.