Girly (1970)

Girly (1970)

Girly (1970)
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 16:9 | 01:41:53 | 7,39 Gb
Audio: English AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subtitles: None
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Michael Bryant, Ursula Howells, Pat Heywood

Sexy, teenaged, immature Girly and her camera-wielding brother Sonny bring home unsuspecting men to Mumsy and Nanny, where they play games, and if they don't follow the rules, they're sent to the angels. One day they bring home a New Friend who has a few ideas for games of his own, though, and he begins to turn the foursome against each other.

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Also Known As: Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly (1970) (original title)

Girly (1970)

Mumsy and Nanny have RULES.

…this applies to "the children" as well as the playmates they bring home…hapless unfortunates lured to the family's sprawling estate, where etiquette and proper grammar facade some very grisly goings on– fun and games, wherein "playmates" become "slaymates" at the hands of Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny, and Girly. A wonderfully grim jab to the funny bone, this droll little shocker deserves a more prominent spot in the annals of cult cinema. Performances are A+ all the way around, especially from the juvenile leads, and the direction and camera-work are meritorious.

Catch this one wherever possible, above-average (and decidedly VERY British) lunacy you don't want to miss.
IMDB Reviewer

Girly (1970)

Freddie Francis was probably better known in more conventional circles for his award winning camera work but horror fans around the world know him for the films he directed for Hammer and then later the competing Amicus Studios. Less known than those films, most of which are widely regarded as classics by British horror buffs, is his 1970 effort, Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny And Girl or, it's known on this DVD, just simply Girly. The film has remained a pretty obscure offering but Scorpion Releasing aims to change all of that with this DVD.

Girly (1970)

Sonny (Howard Trevor) is very close with his sister, Girly (Vanessa Howard). The two, in their late teens from the looks of things, live what seems to be a quaint life out in the British countryside in a home looked over by Mumsy (Ursula Howells) and her assistant, Nanny (Pat Heywood). The more we get to know Sonny and Girly, however, the more obvious it becomes that something is not quite right with this pair. They act out childishly and quite frequently and the pair have a strange penchant for luring grown men back to the house where comely Girly is able to easily convince them to indulge in various bizarre games.

Girly (1970)

One day the duo bring home a 'New Friend' (Michael Bryant) whose obvious eyes for Girly make him an easy target. Once he's in the house, they set up an accident on their playground area and proceed to make him their captive. He realizes that if he doesn't escape, this gang of lunatics is likely going to kill him, but he knows that if they catch him trying to get out, he's dead on the spot. Rather than risk a chase, he instead tries to outwit them and use some of their own bizarre tendencies against them as a battle of wits ensues and tension mounts.

Girly (1970)

Shot in and around the instantly recognizable Oakley Court, immortalized in Richard Keith O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Picture Show but used in loads of other horror films in the sixties and seventies such as Vampyres, Francis' picture always looks fantastic. His strength as a cinematographer always shines through in the movie and the gothic style architecture afforded by the film's central location coupled with Vanessa Howard's good lucks ensures that there's never a shortage of eye candy up on screen. Lots of interesting camera angles, courtesy of Director Of Photography David Muir, and set ups are used throughout the picture to heighten the tension and bring out certain characteristics in the cast and Howard's sex appeal is rightly played up and quite well at that. Had she not had the tartness required by her character, the set up wouldn't work and we wouldn't buy her being able to bring men back to the house, but her short skirts, playful smile and Lolita-esque tendencies make her the perfect casting choice and she plays the part really well.

Girly (1970)

The film leaves a lot of questions unanswered - we never really know if the two leads are actually brother and sister or if their 'Mumsy' is actually their mother or not, nor do we really know how or why they wound up in the bizarre mental state we find and leave them in - but that doesn't really matter. The story, as odd as it is, works well. If it feels a bit stagey in spots it'll come as no surprise to learn that it was based on a play by Maisie Mosco before Brian Comport adapted it for the screen. Throw in an equally odd score from composer Bernard Ebbinghouse (who also scored Francis' Tales That Witness Madness) and this is a film that really comes together. It's a bizarre film to be sure, and one that approaches its subject matter with a strange sense of black comedy, but it offers up a few intriguing digs against traditional British society and provides some interesting and memorable set pieces along the way.

Girly (1970)

Scorpion Releasing have done a pretty impressive job bringing this underappreciated slice of vintage British horror to domestic DVD. The transfer is solid, the audio is fine and the extras are quite interesting as well. The movie itself is a good one, it's well made, well acted and nicely shot and on top of that it's quirky, tense and entirely entertaining. Highly recommended.

Girly (1970)

Special Features:
- Comport on Comport - interview with screenwriter Brian Comport (28:16)
- Audio interview with Director Freddie Francis (28:27)
- Alternate title card (0:47)
- Theatrical trailer (2:04)
- Spanish theatrical trailer (1:48)
- TV Spot (0:30)
- Trailers for other Cinerama titles: "The Last Grenade", "Doctor Death", "Say Hello to Yesterday", "Goodbye Gemini", "Fools", "Follow Me", "Black Rodeo" and "The Girl in Blue"

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