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Directed by Les Mahoney
Written by Les Mahoney
Starring Rachel Alig, Bill Oberst Jr., Laura Lee, Les Mahoney, Glenda Morgan Brown, Ben Martinez, Nissa Von Reiter, Travis Wolever, Cathy Starkebaum, Tricia Michael, Bryant Watts, LaVonne Hart, Melissa Bazis, Kathie Lindstadt, Mikey Pounds, Becca Brandt
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AT GRANNY’S HOUSE is an ambitious film that tries to have an unpredictable narrative and some odd twists and turns along the way. Unfortunately, a meandering script and listless direction don’t help elevate this no budget horror film as much as it would like to do.

Rachel Alig plays Rebecca Torrence, a woman answering an ad for a live in caregiver for an elderly woman Marion (Glenda Morgan Brown). At first, Marion is reluctant to accept Rebecca, but the mysterious woman ends up winning her over and convincing her to rent out the spare room as a sort of Air B&B setup. This gives Marion an opportunity to meet new and exciting people. It also gives Rebecca a chance to kill tenants that she deems rude or off putting. Thus begins a cycle of horror and violence for both Rebecca and maybe even Marion. Later Rebecca enlists the services of a traveling IT man (writer/director Les Mahoney) who himself is in need of disposal of his wife and finds Marion’s home to be the answer to his prayers.

I get what AT GRANNY’S HOUSE is trying to do. It’s trying to have an unpredictable plot that is heavy on the suspense. Unfortunately a lot of factors that plague many low to no budget films are at play here. Poor sound quality, rough acting, and slow pacing make this film a rough one to sit through. Mahoney who wrote and directed the film, doesn’t forget to add in multiple sex scenes for himself which kind of adds to the sleazy feeling I got from this film from the get go. Mahoney isn’t a bad actor and it helps to have the hardest horror actor working today, Bill Oberst Jr. in the film as he is always a treat to watch play another eccentric character—this time a detective in search of a tenant who went missing after staying there. Rachel Alig is a pretty solid actress and while the film counters every subtle gesture she makes with obtuse music and soap opera camera lingerings, I think she does offer up a strong presence as the main bad in this film.

I like the late in the game developments that suggest Marion isn’t as clueless as she lets on. It gives some weight to the film just as it was getting kind of predictable. In the end, I’d like to see what Mahoney could do with a bigger budget. The story isn’t bad. It tries some unpredictable things. But the lack of budget gets in the way too much and makes what the filmmaker wished to achieve a little out of reach.

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