Granny Gargoli (Stella Stevens) is an old, wealthy, and dying. With the exception of her niece, Kelly (Shannon Whirry, wearing glasses so it’s clear that she is not a gold digger), Granny hates her entire family. When they come by for Thanksgiving dinner and start arguing about who is going to inherit Granny’s money, Granny snaps at her oldest son, “You’re the load that I should’ve swallowed!”
Since Granny does not want anyone to inherit her money, she decides that the best course of action would be to never die. She buys a magic elixir that will grant immortality to whoever drinks it. The salesman (played by director Luca Bercovici) tells her that it is very important to keep the elixir out of direct sunlight. Of course, that gets screwed up faster than a mogwai turning into a gremlin. When her family poisons her, the corrupted elixir does not keep Granny from dying. Instead, it allows Granny to return as a demon who hunts down her greedy relatives one at a time. One son is castrated. A daughter-in-law is attacked when her mink stole comes to life. Even after being killed, the members of the family return as wisecracking members of the living dead.
A mix of comedy and horror, The Granny used to show up regularly on late night Cinemax. It may not be scary (though the castration scene is the reason why I get nervous whenever I see scissors) but, with the exception of Kelly, everyone in the family is so hateful that it is still fun to watch all of the get what they deserve. Stella Stevens and Shannon Whirry are the main reasons to watch The Granny. Stella gets all the best lines while Shannon Whirry shows why those who grew up watching late night Cinema still debate which Shannon was the best, Whirry or Tweed?