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Grandmother's House (1988)

After the death of their beloved father, two teens go to their grandmother's house in Florida and begin to suspect their grandparents of murder.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Foster ...
David
Kim Valentine ...
Lynn
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Grandfather
Ida Lee ...
Grandmother
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Woman
Michael Robinson ...
Kenny
Craig Yerman ...
Raymond
David Donham ...
Mr. Sackett
Joan-Carol Bensen ...
Mrs. Sackett
Angela O'Neill ...
Darlene
R.J. Walker ...
Sheriff
Furley Lumpkin ...
Deputy
Jeanette Jamron ...
Twin 1
Anitra Jamron ...
Twin 2
David Algeier ...
Minister
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Storyline

When their father dies, Lynn and her younger brother David have to move in with their grandparents. Their mother died already when they were young, so they were told. One morning a dead man is found near their new home. A friend tells David, that it's not the first. Shortly after he sees his grandparents carry a body into the garage - are they the murderers? David calls the sheriff... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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She'll Spoil You To Death!

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Horror | Thriller

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Grandma's House  »

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Trivia

In pre-production, a promo reel for the film was made by Peter Rader with assistance from Peter Jensen. The promo reel featured different child actors playing David & Lynn. The promo reel can be found on The Films of Nico Mastorakis Part 4 documentary. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where David is in the hospital emergency room, the nurse wipes blood off his face. In the next scene, a police officer asks him a question. When it cuts back to David, the blood is back on his face. See more »

Quotes

Boy at Pool: If I had a sister like that, I'd boff her!
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Referenced in Scream Queen Hot Tub Party (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Someone Hung Up on Me Tonight
Music & Lyrics by Barry Labov
Performed by Labov & Beyond
Copyright © Labov & Beyond, BMI 1987
Music Published by Omega Music, Ltd.
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Don't poke your nose where it don't belong.
14 January 2014 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

When I borrowed this particular film from a friend I was expecting something rather similar to the 1989 horror comedy "Parents" and "Grandmother's House" does start out like that aforementioned film, but in a much serious and second-rate manner. It does go for that psychological edge, but it lacks the finesse and deft touches to carry it along. It's quite straight-up, nothing subtle. But then it takes a sudden turn into mundane psycho-killer territory with one very long chase sequence, to only turn back on itself revealing one very demented, if sudden revelation that comes out of nowhere and which I didn't see coming. By this you can say it's a makeshift of ideas that cheaply executed (there's a made-for-TV feel), but does have its moments.

After the death of their father, David and his older sister Lynn go to live with their grandparents. One day David sees his grandparents dragging a bag, which looks like the shape of a person and strangely enough a body is soon discovered near the lake by their property. Suspicion arises for David even more, especially when he sees them dragging a body of a drifter lady.

Going further into the oddball plot can destroy certain twists. The stilted script has some dumb dialogues and ridiculous inclusions, but it stays entertaining. Suspense kind of comes and goes, being the highlight of a rooftop walk. So does the atmosphere, where it's the music arrangement that keeps it fairly eerie. Performances are ideal with the unnerving Len Lesser giving it his all. Eric Foster and Kim Valentine acquits themselves well enough as the two kids. Then there's Brinke Stevens in a small, but important role. Director Peter Radar does a steadfast job and producing this enterprise happens to be Nico Mastorakis ("Island of Death" & "Blind Date").


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