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Mercy (2014)

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A single mom and her two boys help take care of their grandmother with mystical powers.

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Peter Cornwell

Writers:

Stephen King (short story "Gramma"), Matt Greenberg (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frances O'Connor ... Rebecca
Shirley Knight ... Mercy
Chandler Riggs ... George
Joel Courtney ... Buddy
Mark Duplass ... Uncle Lanning
Dylan McDermott ... Jim Swann
Amanda Walsh ... Charlotte
Hana Hayes ... Girl Next Door
Pepper Binkley ... Young Mercy
Chris Browning ... Frank
Eddie Jones ... Pastor Gregory Luke
Sewell Whitney ... Doctor Hayes
Joe Egender ... Wendell
Munda Razooki ... Mr. Tullen
Jack Carter ... Mr. Bello
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A single mom and her two boys help take care of their grandmother with mystical powers.

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for some bloody violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mersi See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The type of adult diapers are Bachman brand. Richard Bachman was Stephen King's nom de plume (pen name). See more »

Goofs

Three obviously different snakes are shown when George is standing on the grave. Two different rattlesnakes are shown in sequence followed by a pine snake. See more »

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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Somebody, please, put grandma out of her misery!
6 March 2018 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Admittedly I didn't have high hopes for liking "Mercy", and this was based on a couple of indicators. The plot is adapted from a largely unknown short story by Stephen King (= the author is overrated and most of his short stories are unimpressive) and the lead character is a 10-year-old kid whose first line in the film is: "my grandmother has always been my best friend." But it turned out to be better than I expected, particularly thanks to a series of weird and inexplicable story aspects and a surprisingly sinister atmosphere throughout. Single mom Rebecca (beautiful Frances O'Conner of "The Missing") is forced to move back to her remote parental house, along with her two teenage sons, because her mother requires constant care during her recovery of a stroke. There always circulated strange and morbid stories about grandma Mercy. When she was a beautiful 20-year-old woman, she couldn't get children and this nearly drove her insane. Suddenly one day, after mysteriously having vanished over the hills, she's expecting triplets! Shortly after the babies were born her husband died, supposedly in a freak accident where he split his own head in two with an axe (!) and two of her three children are mentally unstable. Now, at the end of her life, grandma Mercy still seems to be possessed with an evil entity. Is this "Hastur", who she keeps driveling about, the demon who impregnated her and what impact does the bloodline have on her grandson George? It's safe to state that "Mercy" is better and more effective in raising eerie topics than at answering vital plot questions and ensuring continuity. The entire climax is a mess and I, for one, didn't really understood what was going on. Some things are spooky but don't make the slightest bit of sense, like George talking to a cute but dead girl from his neighborhood or Dylan McDermott patiently waiting for something to happen. Shirley Knight, as grandma Mercy, is more dead than alive for most of the film's running time, so it would have been so much easier if the family opted for euthanasia.


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