The film has an atmosphere that is hard to shake. It moves with an almost hallucinatory slow-motion mood that seems to take place somewhere between a waking nightmare and a childhood tall-tale. (The influence of the childs point-of-view horror classic The Night of the Hunter (1955) hangs unmistakably over the film). Director Peter Rader neatly compounds basic situations in a series of suspensefully sustained sequences Eric Foster hanging from a drain as bodies are moved beneath his feet, the weird blurring of dream and reality that comes in the shock dream. The revelation of the mad womans identity halfway through comes with a jolt that spins the entire film right around, casting everything that has come before into a different light like any good twistshould.
The film is slim on plot and has far too little gore for todays audience but it never contradicts itself or fails to take itself seriously. On the whole, it is an impressively light and unpretentious little film. The only complaint is the title considering the fact that the grandmother is of little significance to the story and is bumped off part way through, her prominence in the title is a puzzle.
Peter Rader subsequently went onto direct the action film Hired to Kill (1990) and write/direct the Disney Channel remake of Escape to Witch Mountain (1995). Rader has also worked as a screenwriter on films like Waterworld (1995) and The Last Legion (2007).
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