Trailer Terrors: Rabid Grannies (1989)

They just love their grandchildren... well done!

Leave it the team at Troma to release such a diabolically twisted little film as this Belgian bred flick, Rabid Grannies. Although the film, directed by Emmanuel Kervyn, wasn't produced by Troma Rabid Grannies fits in perfectly with its own stable of homegrown horrors.

Unlike Troma's other titles, however, Rabid Grannies is among the more infamous European imports despite the studio having re-edited several scenes to cater to its splatter-comedy crowd. In this respect it shares more in common with Lamberto Bava's Demons (1985) than anything in the Troma library. While there are indeed scenes of gore and graphic violence, the events that occur seem to exist within some sort of surrealistic, fairy tale universe familiar to those who have subscribed to the Brothers Grimm school of fables.

The plot, while simple, is effective in setting the stage for the carnage that ensues and emerges as the result of the titular grannies (Victoria and Elizabeth Remington) receiving a Satanically endowed birthday gift which upon being opened transforms them into demonic, bloodthirsty cannibals. The cast is diverse enough to offer a collection of crudely-apt and specific death sequences that are both disturbing and humorous. For collectors I would label this one as a must have, but if you're hard up for cash (or just want a test drive) you can check out the entire film online over at Hulu.


  1. What a find! I'm definitely watching tonight with my very own grandmother and a nice big bowl of Sour Patch Kids and Licorice Whips. Nice cover art too, kinda makes you wish more movie posters held the same aesthetic these days.

  1. Strange Kid said...:

    Totally! I had the chance to see if over the weekend and despite the annoying commercials, it really is quite a good film, much in the vein of Demons or Night of the Demons.

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