After the death of their son William Morton, the diplomat Laurie Morton and her husband, the scientist Terence Morton adopt a boy, James. From the moment James moves to Morton's house in the country on, weird things happen with the family.

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William
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After the death of their son William Morton, the diplomat Laurie Morton and her husband, the scientist Terence Morton adopt a boy, James. From the moment James moves to Morton's house in the country on, weird things happen with the family.

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4 October 1980 (UK)  »

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A weak entry in the Hammer House of Horror series.
6 February 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

A couple lose their son due to an accident. They end up adopting a boy who turns out to be evil.

Growing Pains was the fourth episode from the 'Hammer House of Horror' series and up to this point is the weakest so far. It clearly was an offshoot of the 'evil children' horror films which were particularly popular in the 70's, typified by films such as The Omen. The problem with this one is mainly that it's poorly written and pretty badly acted. I honestly didn't think that its story really made an awful lot of sense to be perfectly honest. And the potential that the evil children sub-genre of movie has was pretty much squandered in a messily told narrative. To add insult to injury, I constantly had to ask myself why any couple would ever have decided to have adopted such a monumentally annoying replacement son. He was more irritating and smug than evil. On the whole, not a very good episode.


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