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Film / Grandmother's House

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Grandmother's House is a Horror Movie by Peter Rader.

David (Eric Foster) and Lynn (Kim Valentine) are teenage siblings who have recently lost their father to death. With no mother to speak of, the kids are sent to California to live with their grandparents. Their grandmother (Ida Lee) and grandfather (Len Lesser) welcome them in with open arms, ready to make them feel right at home.

The next day, however, David begins to think something is wrong with his grandparents. He feels like they're harbouring some kind of dark secret, and that they might not be as safe as their new guardians want them to feel. David also notices a woman in a blue dress (Brinke Stevens) has been watching them from afar since they moved in with their grandparents.

The film was released on December 16th, 1988.

Grandmother's House contains examples of:

  • Ax-Crazy: The woman in the blue dress reveals herself to be this soon after coming to in the truck.
  • Back Stab: The woman in the blue dress stabs a deputy to death from behind.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The missiles David and Raymond got explosives from come into play later in the movie. David hauls one of the missiles down into the basement and lights a fuse on it, whereupon it starts flying all over the place. Their grandfather gets caught in the chaos.
  • Downer Beginning: The films begins at the funeral of David and Lynn's father.
  • He Knows Too Much: After David is caught exiting the basement by his grandfather, the latter comes to realize what he may have seen and has to be dealt with, leading to a scene of him looking for Davis with a shotgun.
  • Nightmare Sequence: On the first night with their grandparents, David has one where he catches his grandfather about to cut up a woman, gets caught by him, and then gutted. It's at that point that he wakes up.
  • Night-Vision Goggles: David's telescope has night vision.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: The woman in the blue dress starts pulling this off once her true colours are revealed.
  • The Place: Grandmother's House, of course.
  • Raised by Grandparents: David and Lynn go to live with their grandparents after their father dies.
  • The Reveal: The woman in the blue dress is David's mother. Also, David's grandfather is actually his father.
  • Shovel Strike: When the grandparents have the woman unconscious at their feet, the grandfather whaps her with a shovel a couple times.
  • Speech Impediment: Mrs. Sackett and Raymond sound like they have lisps in their voices.