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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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The hand that rocks the cradle has no flesh on it! See more »

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1 December 1972 (Ireland)  »

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Gingerbread House  »

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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 »

Quotes

Katy Coombs: What're you doing?
Christopher: I'm hiding the jewels.
Katy Coombs: What jewels?
Christopher: The real jewels. If we get adopted, when we grow up we can sell them and buy a big mansion.
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Let No Man Steal Your Thyme
Performed by Shelley Winters
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Strange, slow thriller.
29 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Well, the title sounds intriguing, and "Hansel and Gretel" has always been one of my very favorite fairy tales, but this is a slow-moving, lackluster thriller, with only a few suspenseful scenes (one of those, however, with a kid trying to reach a key before Shelley Winters returns to the room, is perfectly executed). Aside from Winters' over-the-top acting, all the other performances - including the kids - are very good. (**)


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