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The Grandmother (1970)

Not Rated | | Short, Horror | July 1970 (USA)
A young boy plants some strange seeds and they grow into a grandmother.

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David Lynch

Writer:

David Lynch
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard White Richard White ... Boy
Dorothy McGinnis Dorothy McGinnis ... Grandmother
Virginia Maitland Virginia Maitland ... Mother
Robert Chadwick Robert Chadwick ... Father
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Storyline

An imaginative lad of about ten has a couple of problems: he wets his bed, and his parents are abusive and disgusting. In a spare room, he finds a bag of seeds, which he plants in soil that he's placed in the middle of a single bed. The seed sprouts and grows into a grandmother, who's loving and approving. Life with his parents and with his imagination continues. Is a smiling grandmother enough to get him through? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1970 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Budget:

$1,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The filmmaker David Lynch received a production grant from The American Film Institute See more »

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Another nightmare from David Lynch
15 September 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Sick, disturbing and surreal short from David Lynch. A man and a woman get married and have a son who they don't really want. The child grows up being horribly abused by his parents. Then, in a dark sinister room, he plants a seed who sprouts into a grandmother. She, in a way, shows him the affection his parents never gave him. There's more but I won't spoil it.

The film mixes live actors with animation seamlessly. It has sound but no dialogue--the actors just make sounds somewhat like human speech. It's in washed-out color which certainly fits the subject matter. Also you see Lynch using odd noises on the soundtrack which he perfected years later with "Eraserhead". I'm giving this film a 10 but it is VERY disturbing. It's definitely not for everybody. The abuse scenes are horrible to watch and the nonstop morbidness did start to wear on me, but I couldn't stop watching. It all leads to a very sad ending. Sick, troubling and (at times) horrifying movie but just incredible. A 10 but only for those who can stand extreme subject matter.


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