Len Lesser, who was a brilliantly funny comedic actor who played Uncle Leo on Seinfeld who also played Garvin on Everybody Loves Raymond, but who unfortunately passed away recently, was in a little known but in my opinion, highly valued horror movie called, Grandma’s House, with Eric Foster and Kim Valentine.
I found out about this movie when I was at some obscure shop many years ago. When I first saw this movie on the shelf, I gotta say that it did not seem overly impressive to me. But when I got it home and turned it on… You know the old saying ‘never judge a book by it’s cover’?
That was just how it was for me, I mean this movie was dare I say it? Awesome! With a great story line, and great acting from a mostly unknown cast. I gotta say that this movie was shear brilliance! But we’ll get in to that later…
Written by: Gale Jensen and Peter C. Jensen (Phoenix) and Directed by: Peter Rader (The Last Legion) and starring Eric Foster (The Wonder Years), Kim Valentine (.com For Murder) and Len Lesser (Everybody Loves Raymond) with Ida Lee (Vegas In Space) and Brinke Stevens (The Slumber Party Massacre)
Grandma’s House tells the story of David (Foster) and Lynn (Valentine), two children recently orphaned by the loss of their father who had been in the military at that time, and the loss of their mother…
Some time after the funeral, they are taken to live with their only known relatives, their Grandmother (Lee) and Grandfather (Lesser). Both are seemingly average grandparents who are living out there twilight years in normal grandparent fashion.
This is until that facade starts to fade slowly, with the discovery of some weird things that begin to happen, for example one day when the Grand Parents are having a barbecue with their friends, ‘The Sacketts’ David and the Sackett’s son find an old shed with a whole bunch of old fire crackers shaped like rockets. And in true child like fashion, they end up setting one off in a pond close to the shed which makes for a huge explosion. This of course brings the authorities.
Well the Grand father takes a decidedly harsher then usual stance with David in private, but then in front of the authorities, takes on an air of it being all his fault, and as he says, ‘I should have gotten rid of those a long time ago.’
Now this does hurt David, and he begins to investigate other strange occurrences with his grand parents, such as the grand parent’s dragging a strange body in to the house, and what looks like Grandpa draining the blood of the same body. At one point it begins to look like this body, might be the body of their mother, but that she had been in an insane asylum for years and that she had escaped.
Now with David and Lynn not sure who to trust, and with three potential people out for their blood, they are desperately trying to unlock the mystery that surrounds their family, and really wishing they had not been forced to move in to Grandma’s House!
What I personally think makes this a truly awesome b movie is a couple of things. First off, I think that the acting in this movie is superb, I mean all of the cast are utterly brilliant in that you can almost feel it in the air the sense of mystery and desperation as they are trying to figure out what is going on, and are trying to escape from just about everyone. Also I think that both Ida Lee and Len Lesser just did a fantastic job at keeping you guessing at what they really are about!
I also wanted to throw some props to Peter Rader. I mean this man did an utter brilliant job in crafting this movie so that you were kept guessing almost to the end at who was the real killer and who wasn’t!
The last thing that I think was truly awesome about this movie is the story line! I mean Gale and Peter Jensen just did a truly magnificent job crafting this story about 2 kids who go from an upsetting situation to something even worse, and doing so in such a way that you really are on the edge of your seat hoping that they get out of it with out to many scars!
With that said, all of these factors work well separately but I really gotta say that collectively these individual pieces that I mentioned, just about make up a truly brilliant B Movie!
One other thing that I didn’t know about this movie that I thought was interesting is that Nico Mastorakis, the guy that produced Grandma’s House also wrote, directed and produced .com For Murder which also has Kim Valentine in it!
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, then I highly recommend checking this out. I think you dear reader might be surprised at just how truly excellent this movie is!