Given their prestige in the film industry, it seems improbable that Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis would all appear in a crass, gory film like Death Becomes Her. Yet here we are, and we’re better for it.
Straddling the line between horror and comedy, Death Becomes Her is a genre-bending delight. It tells the story of two women, Madeline Ashton and Helen Sharp, as they grapple with jealousy and the illusion of youth. The fallout from their rivalry bears grisly consequences, and the film remains one of Streep and Hawn's most morbid performances to date. It's also taken on a new life in gay media - a RuPaul’s Drag Race runway challenge was based on the film for a reason!
Industrial Light & Magic’s use of cutting-edge CGI technology in Death Becomes Her won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 1992. The company went on to use this same technology to produce Jurassic Park and Forrest Gump, which won the same awards in the two years that followed.
While it is more of a cult classic than the aforementioned blockbusters, Death Becomes Her more than holds its own among its 1990s comedy contemporaries. It also has a storied production history.
Doug Chiang Used Photoshop To Create The Special Effects
Meryl Streep Accidentally Struck Goldie Hawn With A Shovel
Kevin Kline Was The First Choice For Ernest
This Was An Unusual Role For Bruce Willis
They Used Practical And Digital Effects To Make Goldie Hawn Look Larger
Bruce Willis Unsuccessfully Tried To Change The Film’s Name