SLASHER MONTH: Grandmother’s House (1988)

David (Eric Foster, Cry Wilderness) and Lynn have just become orphans and are sent to live with their mother’s parents (Len Lesser, who was Uncle Leo on Seinfeld plays the grandfather) in their stately Victorian mansion. Yet the moment they arrive, strange things start happening, like the mysterious woman (Brinke Stevens!) who appears out of the shadows again and again, seemingly stalking them. There’s also been a series of murders and David starts to wonder if his grandparents could be the killers.

This was directed by Peter Rader. He followed this with Hired to Kill, the Escape to Witch Mountain TV movie and also wrote Waterworld. It was produced by Niko Mastorakis, who knows a thing or two about movies with killers in them.

This isn’t an expected slasher. There’s definitely a very human drama going on here and things build to a pretty satisfying ending, if one that’s downbeat.It’s also totally the movie that M. Night Shyamalan was trying to make with The Visit, except that he spent $5 million on that film and this one cost much less.

You can watch this on Tubi or order it from Vinegar Syndrome.

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