33 user 35 critic

Girly (1970)

Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly (original title)
A wealthy, fatherless British clan kidnaps bums and hippies and forces them to participate in an elaborate role-playing game in which they are the perfect family; those who refuse or attempt escape are ritualistically murdered.


Freddie Francis


Brian Comport (screenplay), Maisie Mosco (play) (as Masie Mosco)




Complete credited cast:
Michael Bryant ... New Friend
Ursula Howells ... Mumsy
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Nanny
Howard Trevor ... Sonny
Vanessa Howard ... Girly
Robert Swann Robert Swann ... Soldier
Imogen Hassall ... Girlfriend
Michael Ripper ... Zoo attendant
Hugh Armstrong ... Friend in No. 5
Learn more

More Like This 

The Asphyx (1972)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

English country squire Sir Hugo Cunningham searches for immortality by literally 'bottling up' the Spirit of the Dead, or Asphyx.

Director: Peter Newbrook
Stars: Robert Powell, Robert Stephens, Jane Lapotaire
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Marie is a 17-year old who was orphaned as a young girl. as a result, she has a tad of arrested development that makes her act much younger than her age. One day she looks in a store window... See full summary »

Director: Joël Séria
Stars: Jeanne Goupil, André Dussollier, Andréa Ferréol
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An old man who lives in an old house conducts a correctional institute for girls. But he does not realize that the date is the present as he's been cooped up in the house. He is assisted by... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: Barbara Markham, Patrick Barr, Ray Brooks
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A troubled young girl goes to confession at the local church. Unfortunately, the sexually frustrated priest she confesses to becomes obsessed with her. At first, the priest stalks the girl,... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: Anthony Sharp, Susan Penhaligon, Stephanie Beacham
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

During summer break, two bored Catholic schoolgirls vow to become Satanists and play a series of increasingly dangerous and morbid games.

Director: Joël Séria
Stars: Jeanne Goupil, Catherine Wagener, Bernard Dhéran
Frightmare (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After escaping a death sentence for her hideous crimes, a seemingly rehabilitated woman settles in an isolated farmhouse with her husband, only to ache, once more, for blood, and a crash-course in surgery. Is, indeed, her old self back?

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: Rupert Davies, Sheila Keith, Deborah Fairfax
Raw Meat (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When a government official disappears in the London tunnels, after several reports of missing people in the same location, Scotland Yard start to take the matter seriously, along with a couple who stumble into a victim by accident.

Director: Gary Sherman
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington, David Ladd
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Unnaturally close, jet-setting twins become enmeshed in the Swinging London scene, where their relationship is strained after they befriend a predatory hustler and his girlfriend.

Director: Alan Gibson
Stars: Judy Geeson, Martin Potter, Michael Redgrave
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An anthology of four short horror stories about people who visit Dr. Diabolo's fairground haunted-house attraction show.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Jack Palance, Burgess Meredith, Beverly Adams
Paranoiac (1963)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man long believed dead returns to the family estate to claim his inheritance.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In order to collect inheritance money, a slacker tries to induce a heart attack in his invalid grandmother by convincing her that she's become the target of youth supremacists who want to enact a genocide on the elderly.

Director: Bill Bain
Stars: Vanessa Howard, Mona Washbourne, Paul Nicholas
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

An American actress inherits a castle in Transylvania. What she doesn't know is that her ancestor, the Baroness Catali, was in actuality a vampire countess, and emerges from her tomb to ravage the nearby village and Catholic seminary.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Pia Degermark, Thomas Hunter, Yvor Murillo


Sexy, teenaged, immature Girly and her camera-wielding brother Sonny bring home unsuspecting men to Mumsy and Nanny, where they play games, and if they don't follow the rules, they're sent to the angels. One day they bring home a New Friend who has a few ideas for games of his own, though, and he begins to turn the foursome against each other. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


She takes up where bay jane leaves off! See more »


Comedy | Crime | Horror


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Based on the play "Happy Family." Director Freddie Francis specifically asked screenwriter Brian Comport to write a story built around Oakley Court, the house where the movie was filmed. Comport and Francis found "Happy Family" to be a good jumping-off point for the story, but neither one actually liked the play. The movie only retains the four principal characters' names and the idea that they bring men home to participate in a role-playing game. See more »


Sonny's "16mm home movie camera" is actually an 8mm home movie camera. You can tell by the size, shape, lens and model name. 16mm weren't as common for home movies as an 8mm camera was in 1970 so it would be difficult for an amateur filmmaker to obtain one without a lot of money. See more »


Nanny: It's the children! They've found a new friend!
See more »


Featured in Cinemacabre TV Trailers (1993) See more »

User Reviews

Bizarre mix of humour and lunacy!
20 February 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

What we have here is a bizarre mix of psycho horror and pitch black comedy that actually works much better than I thought it would. The film is based on a stage play by Maisie Mosco and follows a so-called 'happy family' who all happen to be lunatics. The film is directed by Freddie Francis who of course has a lot of experience in directing cult and horror movies having done a number of films for Hammer Horror and numerous other projects. The film is not very well known and was considered lost for a number of years. I have to say that doesn't really surprise me - this flick is a bit too weird to have a great deal of mass market appeal! The plot focuses on a family made up of four people - unsurprisingly calling themselves; Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly. This clan has a habit of kidnapping people, subjecting them to torturous games for a little while and then "sending them to the angels" once bored of them. This all goes well until they kidnap a New Friend, who is not happy to join in with the games and decides to play some of his own...

The film is very 'British' in style and execution and Freddie Francis does well in elevating the film away from it's stage play origins - although it's still clear that this story was originally a play from the settings and the way most of the scenes play out. Almost the entire film takes place in and around the large house that is the living area of the central characters. The lack in variation for locations doesn't harm the film however as the house matches the plot brilliantly and the way that it all takes place around one area helps to enforce the unfortunate kidnapped characters' situations and lack of escape routes. The acting is spot on, with all four of the title characters being brought to life convincingly - Vanessa Howard is particularly good as the mischievous 'Girly'. Michael Bryant is probably the best known member of the cast and he fits in well with the rest of them. The humour on display is so black that a lot of it will be missed - I have to say that I didn't find the film particularly 'funny' myself. Still, this is an excellent slice of cult cinema and well worth seeing if you can get your hands on a copy!

5 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 33 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »






Release Date:

12 February 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girly See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Recently Viewed