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
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Terence Morton
Norman Beaton ...
Mr. Ngenko
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Charles Austin
Matthew Blakstad ...
James
Christopher Reilly ...
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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A pale imitator
28 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

GROWING PAINS is one of the worst of the short-lived HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR TV episodes. As another reviewer has noted, this one's a clear rip-off of THE OMEN, although almost entirely lacking that film's suspense, tension, or sense of danger.

The narrative concerns a boringly married couple whose son is killed in a freak accident. They adopt this long-haired goofy looking kid, who's then supposed to be evil, but that's never believable for a second. The kid looks more like somebody doomed to be eternally bog-washed by his peers at school.

In a bid to liven up the nastiness, there are lots of interposed scenes involving mutilated rabbits, but these are repetitive in the extreme and the attempts at genuine horror come off as silly. It is for these reasons that GROWING PAINS is one of the weakest stories of the show.


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