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Rabid Grannies (1988)

Les mémés cannibales (original title)
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When given a demonic present by their black sheep nephew two kindly old grannies are transformed into demons who proceed to gorily knock-off their greedy relatives.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Aymerie ... Helen
Caroline Braeckman ... Suzie
Richard Cotica ... Gilbert
Danielle Daven ... Elizabeth Remington (as Dany Daven)
Patricia Davia ... Alice
Robert Du Bois ... Father Percival (as Robert du Bois)
Florine Elslande ... Bertha
Anne-Marie Fox ... Victoria Remington
Franklin Steward Granvel ... Publicity executive (as Franklin Steward 2 Granvel)
Paule Herreman ... Miss Barnstable
Bobette Jouret ... Erika
Françoise Lamoureux ... Jessica
Le Pepe ... Taxi-driver
Raymond Lescot ... Reverend Father
... John
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When given a demonic present by their black sheep nephew two kindly old grannies are transformed into demons who proceed to gorily knock-off their greedy relatives. Written by Chris Hartley <hartless@stn.net>

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Despite the title, this movie is about demonic possession and does not involve the rabies virus. See more »

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Miss Barnstable: [Miss Barnstable and Alice are preparing diner, the bell rings] What now, who can that be at such an hour. Alice go and see.
Alice: Me, why me.
Miss Barnstable: Why not you.
Alice: I don't know, it's pitch black out there. And it's far to the gate, and i have to go trough those creepy bushes.
Miss Barnstable: You silly little twit, just who do you think you're going to meet at the gate. The Devil, huh.
Miss Barnstable: Better move on girl, you're to old to be talking that way. Besides i need Radu to serve the pheasant, MOVE IT.
Alice: Yes ma'm.
Miss Barnstable: Youngsters, damnation.
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Happy Birthday
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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They're not grannies, they're not rabid, and this isn't a Troma film.
18 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

Just because this film bears a typically Troma-like title, and features the Troma logo on the packaging, don't make the mistake of thinking it is a Troma production—because it isn't.

It is, in fact, a low-budget Belgian film that was simply picked up for distribution by the studio, and, as far as I am concerned, it is much more enjoyable than the majority of Lloyd Kaufman's own B-movie output.

In this delightfully silly and very gory romp, a group of greedy relatives gather together at the mansion of their two elderly aunts, in order to attend their birthday celebrations (and hopefully worm their way into their aunts' wills). However, when the old women open a surprise birthday present (sent by the black sheep of the family—a practitioner of the black arts), they become possessed, transform into vicious, drooling, bloodthirsty monsters, and proceed to tear their party guests limb from limb.

If you're a fan of visceral OTT slapstick horror—particularly Sam Raimi's Evil Dead trilogy (which this film is obviously heavily influenced by) or the early work of Peter Jackson (whose similarly daft Bad Taste came out the same year)—then Rabid Grannies should be right up your alley. Director Emmanuel Kervyn spends the first thirty minutes introducing us to his raft of absurdly unlikeable characters (none of whom really deserve to survive 'til the end credits), and the next sixty dismembering them in as many inventive and silly ways as possible. It might not be Oscar winning material, but it's a whole heap of fun!

Considering the limited budget, the juicy effects on display are pretty damn good, and the film sure doesn't hold back with the nastiness: one man has his limbs hacked off, before being impaled (between the legs) on a pike; a fat guy gets stuck trying to escape, and has his ass eaten; and even a little girl gets reduced to spare parts by the demonic old dears!

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.


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