A bizarre mixture of drama and bloodless slasher, ‘Granny’s House’ is a somewhat enjoyable watch, even if its not exactly easy to put my finger on exactly what makes it as such.
The Synopsis: A Hitchcockian thriller with twists and turns, made for the YouTube generation with its depictions of the ubiquity and downside of cell-phone usage and connectivity thru social media, At Granny's House is the story of a young caregiver with a dark agenda moves into an elderly woman's house. Soon, Granny's house becomes a macabre place of death - and love.
The synopsis, although perhaps an embellishment on the subtly of each element, pretty much sums the film’s first act up nicely, but what it leaves out is perhaps the most interesting element…
Essentially the aforementioned caregiver does indeed have a dark agenda – in that she lures people to Granny’s house via a social media app to dispatch them - but the films gets most interesting when she falls in love with one of the would-be tenants.
Whilst the first half of the movie is a rather bloodless slasher, well-acted and scripted, but somewhat lack-lustre none-the-less, the film takes an interesting turn when our femme fatale Rebecca Torrance (Rachel Alig) falls in love with would be housemate ‘Rob Steiner’ (Les Mahony – who also writes and directs). Don’t get me wrong, there is no in-depth evaluation of the human psyche likening love to danger or any of that psycho-babble, but it added an interesting dimension to an otherwise ailing movie plot!
Mahony’s ‘Rob Steiner’ is a weak sort of guy and the perfect character for Alig’s ‘Rachel’ to work her charms on. She is manipulative and insane, but in a more interesting than cliché way. I felt Alig gave ‘Rachel’ enough screen presence carry the films dialogue heavy scenes which occupying a good proportion of the films 80 odd minute runtime. Admittedly most of her ‘charm’ involves her being topless in a number of ‘passionate’ romps, but gratuitous nudity aside, there are elements where her delivery of dark dry humour and Rachel’s cold appetite for murder elevate her character beyond that of your average pin-up style ‘scream queen’.
Ultimately, however, the film doesn’t really develop into anything mind blowing, but its plot is intriguing enough, and its mostly bloodless violence although quite tame (especially considering the proportion of nudity Mahony writes in for his own character to fondle!) is still spaced out enough the film keeps pace.
Essentially ‘At Granny’s House’ develops into a surprisingly watchable film.
Overall, it’s a fun watch, albeit, as I said in my opener, one which is difficult to pin down into exactly what it is I would recommend about this movie, never mind who I would recommend it to. It’s not violent enough for slasher fans, the nudity isn’t quite sleazy enough for those looking for exploitation, but it is just simply, that-little-bit-different which perhaps gives it some identity.
‘At Granny’s House’ is available now on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Vimeo.