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Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1972)

GP  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  1 December 1972 (Ireland)
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A demented widow lures unsuspecting children into her mansion in a bizarre "Hansel and Gretel" twist.

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This is a retelling of the old tale of Hansel and Gretel, but set in England in the 1920s. To the children and staff at the orphanage, Auntie Roo is a kindly American widow who gives them a lavish Christmas party each year in her mansion, Forrest Grange. In reality, she is a severely disturbed woman, who keeps the mummified remains of her little daughter in a nursery in the attic. One Christmas, her eye falls upon a little girl who reminds her of her daughter and she imprisons her in her attic. Nobody believes her brother, Christopher, when he tells them what has happened, so he goes to rescue her. Written by Mark

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Nightmares come true in the house of Auntie Roo. See more »

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According to director Curtis Harrington, Hugh Griffith was an alcoholic and his wife accompanied him to the set each day to ensure he didn't imbibe. See more »

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A Cult Classic
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A great horror movie to watch at Christmas time. It has a creepy old mansion, great child actors. The plot centers around the disappearance of a child years before and some orphans who just happen to end up at the same mansion years later. Shelley Winters is great in this movie. It's really got a classic old british feel to this movie. Definitely a horror holiday classic, creepy, scary and fun to watch.


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