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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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Emmanuel Kervyn

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Emmanuel Kervyn
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Cast

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
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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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Grandma, What a Big Mouth You Have! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

Belgium | France | Netherlands

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rabid Grannies See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Fred: Oh, look.
Harvey: So what, it's just a spider's web.
Fred: Oh nothing, i just thought the fly divines our situation perfectly. Look at it, the more it struggles. The more it tangling it's. Fascinating.
Fred: [Harvey tries to get the fly out of the web] No, don't help it. It's nature, the fly's destiny.
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The French-Canadian VHS release on the Videoville Showtime label contains an alternate cut of the film not approved by the director. See more »

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Zombie film director seeks script, foreigners to cast
24 November 2004 | by bathsnakeSee all my reviews

This is a rare treasure, difficult to find but certainly worth tracking down. I was attracted to this movie by the front cover which appeared to depict zombies. Unfortunately no zombies featured in this film- only demons. We were hopeful that possibly the possession might transfer itself by wounding but this did not occur. Once again Koch's postulates have gone unproven.

This movie has a long first act. Many characters are introduced, are shown to be mostly unpleasant, and a delicate psycho-drama is set in play. The first act is more than a little reminiscent of 'Festen' aka 'the celebration', and other foreign flicks the continentals see fit to put out these days. I consider nothing wrong with it, myself, and it made the second act altogether more enjoyable, as the ghastly folk get knocked off, one by one. It's worth noting that the foreigners knew a thing or two about casting here- rather than getting everyone very young they've gone for some actual actors. Wouldn't be surprised if a few of them knew their way around a stage.

Parts of this movie were genuinely scary, for some reason the demon swinging on the light fitting was especially disquieting. Other classic horror motifs were well used: the monster- behind-the-door and the trapped-in-a-small-space ones spring to mind.

However the true brilliance lay in a few precious scenes towards the end of the movie. One character delivers a genuinely weird monologue, before comically slipping on a human heart one of the demons mischievously tosses in his path. Another scene involves the demons teasing a nasty priest (Keanu Reeves acting incognito). The crowning glory of this picture was undoubtedly the moment when one of the demons turns up dressed in a suit of armour, for no reason other than to irritate a machine-gun toting guest.

Enough zombie movie motifs exist in this film for me to recommend it to hard-core zombists, euro-lovers, Monty-Python fans, and trash-horror film connoisseurs. With the right script this director could certainly redefine the Belgian Zombie movie scene.


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