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This is one of those cheap horror flicks that was made strictly for video and you just can't take a film like this seriously so either skip it altogether or just have fun watching it. Story has a granny (Stella Stevens) who's family comes for a visit but they really try to knock her off for her inheritance. A strange man named Namon Ami (Luca Bercovici) comes by and gives her a potion that will give her eternal life but she can't allow it to be subjected to sunlight or else! Well, or else happens and when granny finally drinks it she later turns into a demon and she starts killing everyone in her family. The film is bloody and gory but its not the type of gore thats realistic so it remains on a lightweight level which helps the viewer. Of course in this type of exploitation there is nudity and Shannon Whirry and Heather Elizabeth Parkhurst are eye popping beautiful! No reason to really dislike this film because since it doesn't take itself seriously and the humor is tongue in cheek why would a viewer pick this apart? If you like these low budget horror films this one has some genuinely funny moments so just sit back and have fun!
The people who have reviewed THE GRANNY here are obviously NOT horror
movie fans, and thus should stick to reviewing films like FREE WILLY,
PART 10. Anyway... What an improvement for Luca (GHOULIES, ROCKULA)
Bercovici, who wrote, directed and co-stars! THE GRANNY is wonderful,
tasteless fun and easily one of the best direct-to-video horror films
of the decade.
Stella Stevens is not only the Granny of the title, but the reigning Granny of B-grade direct-to-video flicks. She's terrific chewing the scenery as Anastasia Gargoli, mother to some rather objectionable jerks who (along with their children) are trying to kill her for her inheritance. The only person kind to Granny is her bastard niece Kelly (well played by soft-core queen Shannon Whirry). Before dying, a magical elixir that promises eternal life is injested, and ends up backfiring. Since Kelly is screwed out of an inheritance, Granny returns as a cannibalistic zombie to settle the score.
THE GRANNY is thankfully played out in tongue-in-cheek fashion, so we get a lot of black comedy (such as gags involving incest, decapitation, castration, grave robbing and more). Gore FX are effective and creative, but pretty mediocre. The performances are campy and fun.
On the negative side, the tone of the movie (fluctuating from camp to drama to comedy to horror) may turn some off, and the (open) ending is unnecessary. But in a movie with this much energy and good things going for it, those aspects are quite easy to overlook.
Granny (Stella Stevens) has had it with her family. They are greedy,
ruthless people who probably want her dead. And how right she is, as they
try to attempt to poision her on Thanksgiving day and change her will so
they inherit everything. The only good that comes out of the family is her
son's illegmate daughter (Shannon Wherry) who has token care of granny most
of her life and is supposed to be sole heir to Granny's estate. Well one
day, Granny recieves a potion that will give her eternal life, if she and
the potion stay out of the sun though. Well guess what, it gets exposed to
the sun and granny dies. However she comes back to life as a homicidal, ax
Instead of trying to be your standard, routine slice and dice horror film this feature just goes all out sparing nothing in the process. Stella Stevens is in great form and has some of the funniest one liners in recent memory and Shannon has never been more appealing. The death scenes are possibly some of the most creative and violent in horror film history and the ending is a knockout, especially the dinner table scene with the whole family gathered including dad. Much better then you would expect.
Rated R; Extreme Graphic Violence, Nudity, Profanity, and Sexual Situations.
I read some of the user comments on this movie and I was kind of shocked to see that all I saw was negative comments about this movie. To say it is the worst movie ever made is ridiculous. I found it to be quite a good film. There was a lot of gore for horror fans, a lot of funny one-liners (like with Freddy in the Nightmare on Elm Street series) for those looking for laughs, and a cast of characters that you actually loved to watch get killed off. Oh, and the actress that plays the seductive Antoinette was very fun to watch. My only complaint is that I can't figure out for the life of me why movie-makers will always put glasses on a female character (who is obviously very attractive) and then act like all the characters think she's ugly. Is being visually impaired such an ugly thing in America? Well, anyway, I think this is a great movie for die-hard horror fans. Just don't watch it if you're one of those uptight movie-goers
At first when I saw this movie I thought it was gonna be another one of those cheap lame horror films that made no sense. But to my surprise I enjoyed it. Basically it's about an old woman who recieves a visit by a man and he gives her a bottle that is considered to be the "The Fountain of Eternal Youth". She doesn't follow the rules right drinks it, dies, and later comes back from the dead to kill off her greedy family. If you like a movie that has bad launguage, nudity, and blood rent this one. Hey, I gave it a 10 straight up!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In this horror story, an aging old lady takes a serum given to her by a
mysterious stranger, the potion is to give her eternal youth, but only
if she abides by the rules that he tells her to abide by, because if
she doesn't abide by the rules that are set bad things will happen,
really bad things! (Gee since this is a horror movie, I wonder if
she'll listen to this guys warning...) soon Granny dies & her greedy
relatives all swarm into her mansion to get their inheritance money,
but Granny has come back from the dead, no not sweet old Granny, but an
evil demonic entity that has plans to put the relatives out of the way
& resurrect them as bloodthirsty demons that will do her bidding,
unless the last remaining member of her family who is not greedy &
really cared for Granny, can put a stop to them. Director LUCA
BERCOVICI who helmed the slimy, but funny GHOULIES, returns to the
genre with a film that's equally as gross, equally as funny & equally
as scary, the monster make-up in this film is truly scary looking &
there's plenty of sexy moments from both SHANNON WHIRRY & HEATHER
ELIZABETH PARKHURST that should help satisfy the lust of horror fans
everywhere. The actors were surprisingly talented!. If you want to
watch a fun, scary & humorous horror flick, visit GRANNY today!
Surprisingly entertaining tongue-in-cheek little horror flick of the mid-90's that is undeservedly obscure and unloved. The film has a relatively original premise with a few identifiable moments of comedy about a wealthy grandmother who's offered the chance to gain immortality by a mysterious hermit who shows up at her ; under the condition that she makes peace with her family on Thanksgiving Day. That's easier said than done, however, as her family is a collection of greedy vultures and sleaze scumbags that cannot wait for granny to die so that they can finally sell the parental house and inherit the family fortune. Only the geeky but obviously stunningly beautiful granddaughter Kelly genuinely cares for Granny with all her heart. Granny ignores the condition, drinks the potion and dies at the spot. The family is very happy, of course, especially since they clumsily altered the testament themselves, but granny soon after returns as a vengeful and bloodthirsty demon. The grotesque death sequences benefit from goody gruesome make-up effects (one woman is eaten by her fur coat, another one has his penis bitten off, etc ) and there are quite a lot of tasteless and blackly comical gags on taboo topics like incest. The final act of the film becomes quite ridiculous; especially when all the massacred family members return as demons as well to complete their Thanksgiving diner. The climax battle also definitely outstays its welcome, but hey, certain little flaws are easy to forgive. Last but not least, there's some fantastically gratuitous and more than welcome nudity, provided by the extremely hot female starlets Shannon Whirry (a former soft core actress) and the voluptuous Heather Parkhurst (a former bikini advertisement model).
This dark comedy features a spirited performance by Stella Stevens as "Granny". The actors have great makeup, and there is rarely a dull moment. Granny on her deathbed is chosen to get a second chance at life and immortality. Unfortunately the carefully explained three step process gets derailed by a cat, and Granny comes back from the dead seeking revenge on her jackal-like family. There are a few similarities between "The Granny" and "Ed and His Dead Mother", which precedes this film by two years. A couple low budget effects slightly detract, like in the fur closet when hand puppet minks attack, but overall the movie succeeds as entertainment. Shannon Whirry and Heather Elizabeth Parkhurst showing some skin doesn't hurt either. - MERK
What is it about old people in Horror movies that makes them so creepy?
The elderly couple in 'Rosemary's Baby' may seem sweet at first, but
they are rotten to the core. Sure the grandparents in 'Grandmother's
House' are kind enough to take their grandchildren in, but why do they
have to have secrets? Whatever the reason, old people in these films
are often not portrayed as sweet people filled with wisdom. The
opposite is the case with this 1995 straight to video Horror flick from
the creator of 'Ghoulies.' Stella Stevens plays a feisty old woman who
still has a decent bone in her body, but makes a mistake that will cost
her and her greedy relatives dearly. Bad for them, great campy fun for
Pros: Cast gives fun performances, with Stevens chewing the scenery. Great sense of humor. Campy fun all the way. Fast paced. Good make-up effects. Memorable, imaginative, and gory kills. Decent score. Great spooky setting.
Cons: Not much you haven't seen elsewhere. Does take a while to get to the gory mayhem. Dated visual effects.
Final thoughts: A real gem for lovers of over the top B Horror movie goodness. 'Rabid Grannies' wishes it was as fun and inventive as this. Not yet available on DVD anywhere, but worth looking for on VHS.
My rating: 3.5/5
This is the worst movie I have ever seen, but it made me laugh more than most of the hit comedies coming out of hollywood these days. In fact, I've rented it more than once to share with my lucky friends. You just don't know what you are missing if you haven't seen The Granny!
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