Cuts had to be made, and re-shoots had to be done. After she recovers from a mental breakdown, Helen vows revenge by stealing him back and plotting to kill Madeline. She invites long-time rival Helen Sharp, an aspiring writer, backstage along with Helen's fiancé, plastic surgeon Ernest Menville. Understanding Madeline's situation, the spa owner gives her the business card of Lisle Von Rhuman, a woman specializing in youth rejuvenation. She's had the potion, too, it seems, and although the two can't die, they do start to deteriorate. Yet its gleefully gruesome script attracted Robert Zemeckis, who, after making Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future trilogy, was eager to take on something more mature and daring.
Also, many scenes were shortened, including a lengthy sequence the day after Meryl Streep's character is released from the hospital with a broken neck. Many people got it, and loved it for its weirdness. Death Becomes her shows the true competitive side of women that scares most of the human race, how far we will go to be the hottest, the smartest, the kindest, etc. Dumbfounded and depressed by Helen's appearance, Madeline visits her young lover, but discovers that he is with a woman his age. Soon Menville calls off his commitment with Helen and marries Madeline.
The actress follows suit, but discovers that immortality has a price. When it was changed to the current ending, the entire Ullman subplot seemed extraneous, so was cut. Director Zemeckis infuses this romp with deliciously ghoulish glee. It's not until Ernest manages to kill her that she learns about the serum's accompanying undead problem. Seven years later, Helen is obese in a psychiatric hospital and obsessed in seeking revenge on Madeline. But while its visual effects won praise and an Academy Award in 1993, the film was savaged by critics. Listen for Alan Sylvestris' melodramatic score and admire David Koepp and Martin Donovan's searing and witty dialogue and plotting.
Check back often for updates and be sure to join us on social media! Unfortunately for everyone, the introduction of a magic potion causes things to be a great deal more complicated than a mere murder plot. Her ex-husband's new wife wants to know her secret, and discovers that she has been taking a mysterious drug which grants eternal life to the person who drinks it. After Madeline hesitates to help her, Helen grabs Madeline and the two tumble down the stairs, breaking to pieces. But she gets up, her broken neck twisted 180 degrees round, and discovers that she is incapable of dying. Not only does his name attract audiences by the truckload, but his films are often some of the top grossing movies of the time period. Their relationship is doomed for life after Madeline marries Ernest Bruce Willis , who was once Helen's fiance.
But in the 25 years since its initial release, the film has become a touchstone of the queer community. Another seven years later, in 1992, Madeline lives in Beverly Hills with Ernest, but they are now miserable. But when asked why Death Becomes Her appeals so to the queer community, both are at a loss. This is a recommendation to those who have a strange sense of humor, it's something only a few will get. Then Helen spends years stewing and plotting revenge.
And like Bette and Joan, they also display a hyper-femininity—va-va-voom curves, arched brows, and sexy sneers. The casting of the film defies type. So is a potion that brings back youth but also bestows immortality, which, it turns out, isn't as fun as it sounds. Trailer for Death Becomes Her. But this deliciously deranged dark comedy eventually found redemption in the embrace of the queer community, who have insured its legacy. In theaters, audiences were shocked and confounded by seeing such likeable female stars daring to play such devious dames.
Meryl Streep has a career of over 40 years and is considered by many one of the greats. Ernest carries out his part of the bargain, but Madeline wakes up after her death, stuck with a perpetual broken neck. Whatever concentration you can apply to that kind of comedy is just shredded. The competition becomes presumable deadly, until it is apparent that Helen has taken the same potion. The reason for the deletion of the entire Ullman subplot had to do with the removal of the original ending.
Box Office This website does not own, host or upload any videos. Audiences expect him to do what is right and to be uncorrupted by greed or personal gain. A woman who can't die is shot through the stomach, which creates a huge, see-through hole in the middle of her body. Lisle is a mysterious, glamorous, wealthy socialite claiming to be 71, but looks decades younger. Helen seduces Ernest and convinces him to kill Madeline.
After bringing Ernest to Lisle, she offers to give him the potion free of charge in exchange for his surgical skills. Hence the moral of the story was the same, but apparently, Zemeckis and the test audiences didn't feel the payoff was rewarding enough. But Madeline, who longs to be young forever, has drunk a magical potion to reserve eternal youth. For example, it was the first film where computer-generated skin texture was used, in the shot where Madeline resets her neck after her head is smashed with a shovel by Helen. Madeline resorts to the aid of the mysterious Lisle Von Rhoman, who claims she has discovered the secret of eternal youth.
In Willis films, he is always the hero. In 1992, the marriage of Madeline and Menville is finished and he is no longer a surgeon but an alcoholic caretaker. Madeline purchases and drinks the potion and is rejuvenated, regaining her beauty. When Helen reappears, she quickly persuades Ernest to help her knock Madeline off. Ernest, realizing that they only want him to drink it because they need him for their own selfish reasons and nothing more, refuses and drops the potion to the ground several stories below, but after falling he lands in Lisle's pool and escapes. Hoffer recounted asking their mother to rent the movie over and over again as a child—until every line, every emphasis was committed to memory. It was so much fun.