Movie Review: Gaslight

 

Psychological horror can do terrible things to sanity, especially during dinner. I got a VHS print from my library one evening and brought some reheated leftovers. It didn’t really affect my appetite but it was an interesting look into how evil some people can be.

A woman moves into a house with her new husband. Her husband drives her insane as he has a secret.

For the 1940’s, this is harsh treatment. I didn’t think this subject matter would pass under the Code. However, it’s the poor treatment that is the shock value when seen today. I’m not sure how often it happens today but the term “gaslighting” was made as a result of this movie.

I’m no psych major but since gaslighting is a thing, is it shown in psych classes as a teaching aid? Let me know in the comments below.

As for the 1001, again, it’s the psychological treatment. Really, that’s all there is to it. It’s harsh but a decent film.

6/10

1001 MYMSBYD selection

Winner of Best Actress and Best Art Direction

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