Grandmother’s House (1988) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Grandmother’s House (1988) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Grandmother’s House (1988) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Grandmother’s House (1988) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Peter Rader
STARRING: Brinke Stevens, Eric Foster, Kim Valentine, Len Lesser, Ida Lee
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome

David and Lynn have just lost their father. Now orphaned, the youngsters are sent to live with their grandparents in a beautiful Victorian mansion. But no sooner than boarding the coach bus scheduled to take them to their new home do strange things start to occur, initially in the form of a mysterious woman who seems to appear and disappear in the blink of an eye. It’s not long, however, before murdered bodies are found in the area and, to make matters worse, David becomes increasingly fearful that his doting grandparents might be involved in the killings.

Some strange stuff is going down at the grandparent’s house in Grandmother’s House. This movie has hit Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome and while probably a little cheesy and totally showing it’s age as a 1988 movie, it still entertains and even offers up a twist not as common as you might think heading into it. As this one starts we learn that a young man and his teenage sister have become orphans after the death of their parents and now they are on their way to live with their grandparents. The only trouble is, the boy early on gets a pretty good idea that his grandparents are murderers and that’s when the fun starts. He starts having some pretty gnarly nightmares and seeing a lot of things that would suggest that something pretty darn weird is going down at the new home front.

I think the only real negative we have here is perhaps some of the pacing of the film. Some stuff has a lot of builds and feels like its padding things outs a bit. Other than that I will admit this won’t tickle everyone’s fancy but does twist things a bit in the final act to make the wait kind of worth it. In the long line of horror films that have killer grandparents and all that, this one isn’t too shabby. If you breakdown 1988 I don’t think you’ll be placing this on your list, but it’s still a fun watch. It also looks amazing here on Blu-ray, as this is a flawless job from the guys at Vinegar Syndrom. They usually do a great job but this one seemed to really pop for me. Some interviews and an old school “making of” rounds out this fun release.


– Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
– “The Mysterious Woman” – an interview with actress Brinke Stevens
– “Back to Grandmother’s House” – an interview with director Peter Rader
– “Slow and Steady” – an interview writer/cinematographer Peter Jensen
– Archival ‘making-of’ featurette – which includes the original short concept film
– 5.1 & stereo sound mixes
– Still gallery
– Original trailer
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 100%

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