I personally find this movie terrifying. Like it’s definitely up there with Silence of the Lambs. And I think 95% of that fear comes from Crazy Eyes.
Sadly not Orange is the New Black Crazy Eyes
but actually haunt your dreams, hide your kids, hide your wife, crazy eyes.
So besides the whole crazy eyes thing, Sunset Blvd. is basically about a struggling writer (William Holden) who escapes the IRS by hiding out in the home of a once famous silent movie actress Norma Desmond. Desmond still believes that she is famous and has delusions of grandeur. She basically takes Holden hostage as she attempts to make her come back to the big screen.
I don’t understand how Holden neglected to watch The How I Met Your Mother episode where they detailed the danger of crazy eyes, obviously it would have been incredibly helpful.
But fun fact, the woman that played Norma Desmond, Gloria Swanson, was actually a silent movie actress who became less popular after the creation of the talkies. However, the real life actress was far more content with her career decline. They actually showed her old silent films during the movie. But the old movies were not the only “real” aspect of the movie. Many of the characters such as the director Demille, was played by the actual Mr. Demille. And the actors who join Desmond in her car game are actual famous actors playing themselves. It’s actually pretty adorable.
Swanson was actually phenomenal, and I was completely terrified the entire time. Apparently Sunset Blvd. is one of the most accurate portrayals of Hollywood, which is only slightly concerning. But what the movie really shows you is that no one is scarier than a crazy eyed bitch.