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She'll Spoil You To Death!
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Eric Foster ... David
Kim Valentine ... Lynn

Len Lesser ... Grandfather
Ida Lee ... Grandmother
Brinke Stevens ... 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
Michael Flaherty ... Coach
Ryan Gallagher ... Boy at Pool

Nico Mastorakis ... Relay Judge
Tim Trella ... Bus Driver

George E. Mahlberg ... Body in Pond
Clark Riddell ... Fire Marshal
Jeanne Brzovic ... Nurse
Rip Stevens ... Doctor
Heather Toth ... Woman Deputy
Dale Korman ... Reporter 1
David Van Diest ... Reporter 2
Clark Sherman ... Reporter 3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Peach ... Fay

Directed by
Peter Rader 
 
Writing credits
Peter Jensen (story) &
Gayle Jensen (story)

Peter Jensen (screenplay)

Produced by
Perry Husman .... associate producer
Peter Jensen .... executive producer
Nico Mastorakis .... producer
Aladdin Pojhan .... associate producer
Peter Rader .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Nigel Holton 
Clive Wright 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Jensen 
 
Film Editing by
Barry Zetlin 
 
Casting by
Jon Robert Samsel 
 
Costume Design by
Julia Schklair 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Perry Husman .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
George E. Mahlberg .... sound mixer
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Troy Porter .... foley mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Jensen .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
 

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90 min
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This was Peter Rader's first film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scream Queen Hot Tub Party (1991) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Someone Hung Up on Me TonightSee more »

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Don't poke your nose where it don't belong., 14 January 2014
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

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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