Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Challenge #18

Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly is a nice old creep-out. It is not graphic or gory, but has a great horror sense. It is a lot like Spider Baby or even The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in that the story revolves around a fucked up family that has its way with outsiders.

The family in question is perhaps more Manson than Addams. It is unclear whether they are actual family, or just a collection of sociopaths. The house definitely reminds one of the Addams home. The children, who are obviously played by adults (Vanessa Howard as "Girly" was in her twenties at the time), but are infantile to the extreme. They behave like five year-old children. Mumsy is a caricature of the perfect mother, and Nanny similarly story-book. The family starts falling apart when "New Friend" comes along and starts planning his escape. Eventually it is a bit hard to tell if he wants to escape, or eliminate this murderous brood. It is a nice, creepy story.

I really enjoyed this and definitely recommend it for bizarre horror fans. Vanessa Howard's sexy portrayal of a girl that is supposed to be too young to be sexy makes early Brittany Spears look like early Sally Field, a la Gidget. It is streaming on Netflix here.

Verdict: Very good. One might think Vincent Price should have been in it, style-wise.

3 comments:

Copyboy said...

You sure Roman P didn't direct this?

dfordoom said...

I love this movie. It's full of wonderfully low-key English weirdness. And it's a nice blending of gothic and contemporary horror.

Darius Whiteplume said...

@CB - Hah! Pretty sure.

@DfD - It is funny how at times it looked like The Avengers from the Linda Thorson episodes, and perhaps felt like Night Gallery.

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