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The Grandmother

The Grandmother – 1970
David Lynch

David Lynch

Dorothy McGinnis
Richard White
Virginia Maitland


Review by Wayne Malin

Another nightmare from David Lynch,

Sick, disturbing and surreal short from David Lynch. A man and a woman get married and have a son who they don’t really want. The child grows up being horribly abused by his parents. Then, in a dark sinister room, he plants a seed who sprouts into a grandmother. She, in a way, shows him the affection his parents never gave him. There’s more but I won’t spoil it.

The film mixes live actors with animation seamlessly. It has sound but no dialogue–the actors just make sounds somewhat like human speech. It’s in washed-out color which certainly fits the subject matter. Also you see Lynch using odd noises on the soundtrack which he perfected years later with “Eraserhead”. I’m giving this film a 10 but it is VERY disturbing. It’s definitely not for everybody. The abuse scenes are horrible to watch and the nonstop morbidness did start to wear on me, but I couldn’t stop watching. It all leads to a very sad ending. Sick, troubling and (at times) horrifying movie but just incredible. A 10 but only for those who can stand extreme subject matter.

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