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Grandmother’s House – 5

Director – Peter Rader

Cast – Eric Foster, Kim Valentine, Len Lessler, Ida Lee, Brinke Stevens, Michael Robinson, Craig Yerman, David Donham, Joan-Carol Benson

Release Year – 1989

Reviewed by John of the Dead

I came across this fairly unknown horror film late one night, and I decided just to give it a go and hope for the best.  Unsurprisingly, there is a reason why this film is fairly unknown, and that is because Grandmother’s House is nothing special.

When their father unexpectedly passes away, Lynn and her younger brother David are sent to live with their grandparents.  All is well at first, but when Lynn and David begin to witness strange occurrences around the home, they soon realize their grandparents have been keeping a big secret from them.

This film had me at first, but by the end of the first act I was struggling to give this film the slightest attention.  Why?  Well, in all honesty the film just is not very compelling.  Story-wise I was uninterested in what was going on after the positive first act, and we got nothing but silly developments from there on out that did nothing to intrigue me or even help keep my attention.  We got a few moderate horror scenes thrown in here and there, but they were not enough to keep this film from being a boring watch.

First-time director Peter Rader could have maybe made this film a bit more interesting with better execution, but that was of course not the case.  Quite frankly, even with proper execution this film’s storyline would have kept it from being a great watch.  We get a few mediocre kills in this flick, but in the end they were unmemorable and lacked any great horror.  Had this film kept the interesting and spooky feel it had during the first act I would have really enjoyed this flick.  Too bad that is not the case with this one.

Overall, this is a mediocre watch that I would not recommend unless you are having trouble falling asleep.  Poor execution and a weak story kept this film from being anything but positive.

Rating: 5/10

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