Hammer House of Horror: Season 1, Episode 4

Growing Pains (4 Oct. 1980)

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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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Laurie Morton
Gary Bond ...
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Mr. Ngenko
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Charles Austin
Matthew Blakstad ...
James
Christopher Reilly ...
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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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Two Planks Of Wood Adopt A Demonic Twig
9 September 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

After the unexplained death of their son Terence and Laurie Morton adopt a boy called James . James is a strange boy , very withdrawn and unexplained occurrences start happening

This is a very obvious reworking of THE OMEN where new found surrogate parents start suffering all sorts of unfortunate events that escalate . I found THE OMEN a very enjoyable and atmospheric horror movie so despite being somewhat formulaic this type of story isn't necessarily a bad one . The problem with this episode - and it's a big one - is what has cropped up from nearly all the comments on this page and that is it suffers from really dreadful acting

First of all the cast all talk in pronounced posh middle class accents that make the Queen and her brood sound like chav scum in comparison . It's the sort of accents you rarely hear outside of film and television and draws your attention that you are watching a film or television show . Barabara Kellerman was a relative prolific actress at this time and almost always played the same type of whiny girly character and over acts in a scene where she can't gain control of a steering wheel in a car . This over acting is magnified by the opposite effect of her fellow cast member Matthew Blakstad as James who being a passenger in a car veering wildly out of control doesn't literally blink an eyelid . No matter what happens to James he goes through the entire episode with an entirely gormless inexpressive expression on his face

If there's one saving grace to the episode the opening pre title sequence contains a Hammer trade mark and that is obvious day for night filming . This involves sticking a dark lens over the camera dimming he amount of light seen . It was never that convincing but did become a traditional aspect of British horror film making , but that's hardly a reason to seek out this episode of the show


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