NANNY, SONNY AND GIRLY
DVD region 0. Odeon.
British curiosity has never before had a UK video release, and
so this nicely remastered version from Odeon is most welcome.
Released in the US as the more blunt Girly, it's
without doubt Freddie Francis' best film, and a marvellous mix
of horror and macabre humour.
on the play happy family, the film follows the adventures of a
decidedly twisted family consisting of matriarch Mumsy (Ursula
Howells), domestic help Nanny (Patricia Heywood) and overgrown
schoolkids Sonny (Howard Trevor) and Girly (Vanessa Howard), who
live in a dilapidated large house. Sonny and Girly like to make
new friends - more often than not homeless people tempted with
booze - who are taken home and made to play warped games until
they break the rules and are 'sent to the angels'.
of tramps, they pick up drunken partygoers Michael Bryant and
Imogen Hassell. When Hassell
is killed by Sonny (with Bryant made to think he was responsible)
they whisk the 'New Friend' back home, to torment him with practical
jokes and petty rules that he isn't told about. However, this
New Friend is more cunning than most, and when it becomes clear
that escape is impossible, he begins to manipulate the women of
the house - to the annoyance and jealousy of Sonny - and before
long, this happy family is being torn apart as Girly discovers
her sexuality and will stop at nothing to prevent New Friend from
joining previous friends on 'the train to Heaven'.
sardonic, Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly is a
real treat. Vanessa Howard is the stand-out in the cast - at one
moment childish, the next sex-kittenish, yet always unstable and
dangerous - you never know what she will do next. Her performance
gives the film an edge similar to that of Jill Banner in Spider
Baby - a film this resembles with it's dark humour, subtle
nastiness and warped family values.
of the weirdest British horror films of the 1970's - or any other
time, come to think of it - Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly
is a must-see!
DVD also includes the alternative US titles and a few trailers.
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