In order to collect his gran’s inheritance money, lazy, amoral John Tallent (Paul Nicholas) and his sexy but cold-as-ice girlfriend Jill Standish (Vanessa Howard) try to induce a heart attack in his 78-year-old grandmother, Alice (Mona Washbourne) – who has a heart condition – by convincing her that radical youth supremacists have taken over England and they intend to enact genocide on the elderly (like her).
He pretends that a riot on television is part of this and sprays ‘Out with the Oldies’ on the fence outside to further frighten his timid grandmother – all the while pretending to be a doting and loving grandson.
John even tells her that the youth movement is going to start coming around personally to apprehend the old folks and force them out of their homes.
This British psycho-thriller came from Amicus – who had a strong run of anthology horror films in the early 70s – but sank without much fanfare.
The story is slow and mostly uneventful (large chunks of the film consist of Mona Washbourne shuffling around the dark house) enlivened by Nicholas and Howard and their mounting arguments as their carefully laid plans ultimately come to nothing in their drizzly lives of 70’s drudgery.
Gran Alice Tallent
George A. Cooper