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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.


Emmanuel Kervyn


Emmanuel Kervyn
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Aymerie Catherine Aymerie ... Helen
Caroline Braeckman Caroline Braeckman ... Suzie
Richard Cotica Richard Cotica ... Gilbert
Danielle Daven Danielle Daven ... Elizabeth Remington (as Dany Daven)
Patricia Davia Patricia Davia ... Alice
Robert Du Bois Robert Du Bois ... Father Percival (as Robert du Bois)
Florine Elslande Florine Elslande ... Bertha
Anne-Marie Fox Anne-Marie Fox ... Victoria Remington
Franklin Steward Granvel Franklin Steward Granvel ... Publicity executive (as Franklin Steward 2 Granvel)
Paule Herreman Paule Herreman ... Miss Barnstable
Bobette Jouret Bobette Jouret ... Erika
Françoise Lamoureux Françoise Lamoureux ... Jessica
Le Pepe Le Pepe ... Taxi-driver
Raymond Lescot Raymond Lescot ... Reverend Father
Elie Lison ... John


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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Going to grannies was never like this. They just love their grandchildren... well done! See more »


Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rabid Grannies See more »


Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Despite the title, this movie is about demonic possession and does not involve the rabies virus. See more »


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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Alternate Versions

Troma's release is the director Emmanuel Kervyn's preferred cut. Some gorier scenes were shot at the time of production, but in the end, Kervyn chose not to include them in the film itself. Troma did include them as a bonus feature. The German producers has since reinserted, against the director's wishes, said scenes in sales to other countries. See more »


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Sometimes dull but fun
25 April 2006 | by stevenfallonnycSee all my reviews

I'm not big into "gore" films (Italian zombie movies excepted) but "Rabid Grannies" can definitely be fun at times. There is nothing redeeming of value about this film whatsoever - it is made just for an excuse to film some disgusting scenes, but with a fun plot, nothing more, nothing less.

I have the uncut version so I was lucky enough to see the film in all its glory. Two aunts (not "grannies," but I guess the title "Rabid Aunts" doesn't sound too catchy) invite all their relatives over to celebrate their birthday, relatives who all want the aunt's riches upon their soon-to-be deaths. One guy, the satanist of the family, can't make it, but he sends a mysterious box instead, which causes the aunties to turn into demons, hunting down the others throughout the mansion.

There are some really funny scenes here, like when the relatives realize their aunts have turned into demons at the dinner table (you think that 30-foot arm with the demon hand and claws gave a clue?). The "grannies" do nothing but crack jokes from here on in (one even wears a suit of armor for a while) as they hunt their prey.

The film does get dull here and there, but there are some scenes that are full of great tension, such as the "car" scene, and my favorite, when the grannies corner the priest with a shotgun. They give him a choice - either suffer alive through the unimaginable tortures they describe what they will do to him, or take the shotgun and kill himself, avoiding all the torture but going to Hell in the process because he's a priest. Which does he choose? It's an amazing scene, the best in the whole flick!

"Rabid Grannies" is a halfway decent gore flick. It can't touch "Demons" or "Demons 2" as far as "demons hunting people in an enclosed building" but it's not bad. Again, I usually don't go for this stuff, but this one, besides the dull parts, was done with just the right amount of gore, humor and fun. Gather the family!

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