They say most people don’t like horror and comedy mixed together. Those people have never seen one of Jeff Hayes‘s "Grandma" movies.
Jeff Hayes is a sicko and he’s got sicko tastes in movies. This guy spends hours a day on the interwebs working on a website devoted to a trashy 80’s slasher flick where a 12 year old girl with a penis murders small children and dumps boiling pots of hot water on pedophillic (but otherwise perfectly nice) summer camp cooks. To top it off this banana has made two films himself, and both star his own grandmother as a satanic, sometimes supernatural, psychopathic slasher.
Of course, he’s one of Icons favorites, and this year Jeff is independently releasing "Grandma’s Sloppy Seconds", the follow-up "Grandma’s Secret Recipe".
Even if you’ve never seen "Grandma’s Secret Recipe" no need to worry. "Sloppy Seconds" neatly wraps up the leftovers and recaps the events of the first short. It’s fairly simple. Several years ago Grandma went a little crazy over the cooktop and stabbed her (obnoxious) granddaughter Susie to death. After cooking her up, her son Jimmy met a similar fate. Grandma disappeared, but the murders became infamous and her house a local tourist attraction. However, this year, just as the house is about to ramp up tours for the season Grandma returns to kill again.
Grandma is played by the lovably evil Barbara O’Connor. I don’t know about you, but there’s a certain charm to watching a 78 year old woman killing teenagers with landscaping equipment while pontificating in speeches that usually start, "Now listen, bitch!". James O’Connor plays Jimmy’s Ghost who is hilarious when returns from the afterlife shouting, "Oh good lord, heaven’s to Betsy, she’s back!" Even the possessed body of Susie from "Secret Recipe" returns. "Sleepaway Camp" fans will love Felissa Rose‘s appearance as reporter Angie Angel.
Now it’s all a bit ridiculous, of course, and not to be taken seriously, but director Hayes knows this and keeps the mood light and campy. Murdering septogenarians, heavy New England accents, and an atmosphere perfect for Halloween ghost storytelling. Sure, it’s goofy, but never goes too over-the-top.
The film is technically superior to the first film, which wasn’t very tightly edited and sometimes seemed a little stiff. It surprised me that "Sloppy Seconds" is longer than the original since it’s 45 minute running time goes by very quickly. Today when it seems like every other short filmmaker is out to recreate a zombie epic in their backyard or direct their own 5 minute "Hostel" it’s great to come across something like "Grandma’s Sloppy Seconds" that is never pretentious or heavy-handed. It’s just great horror fun.