At Granny's House Movie Review
Written by Ryan Holloway
Released by Vagabond Entertainment
Written and directed by Les Mahoney
2015, 83 minutes, Not Rated
Released on November 17th, 2017
Rachel Alig as Rebecca Torrance
Glenda Morgan Brown as Marion Rogers
Les Mahoney as Ted Steiner
Bill Oberst Jr. as Boarstag
Les Mahoney stars in and directs this insular tale about a sweet old lady who reluctantly takes in a caregiver to help her around the house. It’s not easy to take such a large step and it doesn’t get any easier when her new friend is not all that she seems.
Made on half a shoestring, At Granny’s House is based in the small town of Haley. At first unsure about taking in the mysterious Rebecca (Rachel Alig) our titular granny Marion (Glenda Morgan Brown) forms an unlikely friendship with her live-in helper and in another leap of faith Marion agrees to Rebecca’s idea to turn her home into a guest house for travellers looking for free accommodation.
Once the house becomes popular, Rebecca reveals her dark secret and when she falls in love with their latest visitor, Ted (Les Mahoney), a strange and fatal bond is created which will change the lives of all the residents at Granny’s house forever.
Les Mahoney has a long list of acting credits, but this film is his first feature length. He may have shoveled in more Werther’s Originals than he can suck on, as the film is so slow at times that you actually feel like you’re in a care home. This isn’t a compliment or a comment on the film’s attempt at realism, as it becomes more and more muddled as it goes on.
Alig acts to the best of her ability as the murderous Rebecca who manipulates Marion to take in travellers who quickly become her victims. How do we know Rebecca has a secret? Probably her raised eyebrow after almost every line, she really may as well look directly down the camera lens and mouth the words ‘I have a secret by the way.’ Her motivation for murder seems to be annoyance at people on their mobile phones. Yeah, it’s annoying so perhaps for a psychopath it’s enough but it’s certainly not enough for the plot and just seems silly.
We first meet Ted when he and his wife turn up as Granny’s latest lodgers. Rebecca wastes no time in getting her claws into him and they plot to get rid of his ‘problem’ better half. Yeah she was on her phone a lot but he was definitely punching above his weight to be fair.
Rebecca and Ted become lovers and partners in crime but just aren’t interesting enough to follow. Once Ted has his feet firmly under the table at the house, stealing her chair, eating her food and generally being annoying, the film starts to become a poor attempt at a sit-com. Well three certainly is company, but they outstay their welcome and everything just feels so tiresome.
What happens next is also a little too dull to go into, sorry, spoil, and when a cop (Bill Oberst Jr) turns up to investigate the disappearance of Ted’s wife, what will the wannabe natural born killers do to save themselves?
Nothing in At Granny’s House really ever makes any sense and the pace is a real problem failing to convey humour or emotion. Granny herself is a touch baffling, as she happily becomes complicit in the whole affair and handles their evil deeds with an indifferent shrug.
In summary, At Granny’s House is just not coherent enough to even be good in a bad way, but there are sex scenes and nudity, so there’s that.