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Mercy (2014)

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A single mom and her two boys help take care of their grandmother with mystical powers.


Peter Cornwell


Stephen King (short story "Gramma"), Matt Greenberg (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Frances O'Connor ... Rebecca
Shirley Knight ... Mercy
Chandler Riggs ... George
Joel Courtney ... Buddy
Mark Duplass ... Uncle Lanning
Dylan McDermott ... Jim Swann
Amanda Walsh ... Charlotte
Hana Hayes ... Girl Next Door
Pepper Binkley ... Young Mercy
Chris Browning ... Frank
Eddie Jones ... Pastor Gregory Luke
Sewell Whitney ... Doctor Hayes
Joe Egender ... Wendell
Munda Razooki ... Mr. Tullen
Jack Carter ... Mr. Bello


A single mom and her two boys help take care of their grandmother with mystical powers.

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


This is based on the short story "Gramma", found in Stephen King's collective of short stories titled "Skeleton Crew". See more »


Three obviously different snakes are shown when George is standing on the grave. Two different rattlesnakes are shown in sequence followed by a pine snake. See more »


References The Shining (1980) See more »

User Reviews

Not bad (really!) for straight to VHS
16 December 2014 | by ArchonCinemaReviewsSee all my reviews

Mercy is a horror story that plays on typical human fears with a twist, In quintessential Stephen King fashion.

Matt Greenberg adapts King's short story Gramma into the screenplay for the horror film Mercy.

George is the undeniable favorite grandson to his grandmother Mercy. His mother along with his brother must act as caretaker when Mercy unexpectedly is stricken ill and requires constant care. Inexplicably odd and mysterious occurrences seem to revolve around his grandmother and George rushes to save her.

As a horror fanatic, Stephen King represents the worst aspect of horror. I find his writings and stories to be horridly cliché exasperated by the fact that King so desperately tries to twist and surprise his readers when the ending can be seen a mile away.

Interestingly, Mercy is a well paced suspenseful horror in which few stereotypical scares are used until the final reveal. The horror lies in the unveiling of truth through ominous and foreboding layers and well utilized complementary music. Shirley Knight is incredibly creepy as Mercy, the potentially possessed grandmother. The children and characters themselves are smarter than most adults in horror movies.

Chandler Riggs is the main character George, and significantly younger in this film than he is on the Walking Dead. This leads me to assume that the film sat shelves for some time before being made available. Mercy doesn't really add anything new to the genre which is probably the explanation but all in all, it is not a terrible horror movie.

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Release Date:

7 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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