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Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly (1969)
Country of Origin: UK
Directed by: Freddie Francis
EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
TITLES AND OPTICALS
DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Michael Bryant (new friend)
Teenaged siblings Girly and Sonny lure young men back to their home to meet the eccentric Mumsy and Nanny. There, the men are forced to take part in strange games, the rules of which are never defined - and if they refuse, or transgress the unwritten rules, they're killed. But they may have met their match in New Friend, their latest victim, who starts to manipulate the foursome, setting one against the other.
Bizarre combination of late sixties avant garde and sleaze. Director Freddie Francis had made horrors for both Hammer and Amicus but this is nothing like any of them. Shot on location with an atmosphere mixing playground horror and conservatory theatre that is downright weird and unsettling. The great lost girl of sixties British horror, Vanessa Howard, shines as she does in those other rarely seen gems Corruption (1967) and What Became of Jack and Jill (1972). If Harold Pinter had made The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) for the BBC this could have resulted. Excellent and unique.
Everyone is dying to meet girly...
She takes up where Baby Jane leaves off!
Films and Filming vol.16 no.19 (June
1970) p.82 (UK)
Hollywood Reporter vol.209 no.47 (18
February 1970) p.12 (USA)
Is It Uncut? no.5 pp.17-19 (UK)
Kine Weekly no.3259 (28 March 1970) p.10
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.37 no.434 (March
1970) p.17 (UK)
Motion Picture Herald vol.240 no.8 (25
February 1970) p.380 (USA)
Shivers no.51 pp.24-27 (UK)
Today's Cinema no.9792 (3 April 1970)
Today's Cinema no.9674 (19 May 1969)
Variety 18 February 1970 p.15 (USA)
British National Film Catalogue vol.16
English Gothic pp.157-159
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films p.165
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