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Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 17 March 1972 (USA)
A demented widow lures unsuspecting children into her mansion in a bizarre "Hansel and Gretel" twist.

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This is a retelling of the old tale of Hansel and Gretel, but set in England in the 1920s. To the children and staff at the orphanage, Auntie Roo is a kindly American widow who gives them a lavish Christmas party each year in her mansion, Forrest Grange. In reality, she is a severely disturbed woman, who keeps the mummified remains of her little daughter in a nursery in the attic. One Christmas, her eye falls upon a little girl who reminds her of her daughter and she imprisons her in her attic. Nobody believes her brother, Christopher, when he tells them what has happened, so he goes to rescue her. Written by Mark

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The hand that rocks the cradle has no flesh on it! See more »

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- Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and behavior | See all certifications »
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According to director Curtis Harrington, Hugh Griffith was an alcoholic and his wife accompanied him to the set each day to ensure he didn't imbibe. See more »

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Katy Coombs: What're you doing?
Christopher: I'm hiding the jewels.
Katy Coombs: What jewels?
Christopher: The real jewels. If we get adopted, when we grow up we can sell them and buy a big mansion.
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Tit Willow
Written by Arthur Sullivan & W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Shelley Winters
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Good, old-fashioned horror movie
19 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Shelley Winters' character is sad, pathetic, scary, and warped in this movie...and she plays it to the hilt. A broad take-off on the old "Hansel and Gretel" fairytale, this movie is pure 70's.

If you like your horror films without a lot of gore and with a lot of suspense, see "Who Slew Auntie Roo?" It's worth your time.


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