This is an odd little film from the obscure vaults. Directed by Freddie Francis whose other work includes the prestigious films, Evil of Frankenstein, Torture Garden, Dracula has Risen from the Grave and The Ghoul to name a few. Here, he shoots something quite different and unlike many films which you’ll ever see really. I suppose this is closest to Spider Baby in feel, and it’s quite a disturbing piece. Of cause, Spider Baby was really the birthplace of Hills Have Eyes, Chainsaw and eventually House of 1000 Corpses, so here with Girly, we have an early missing British link.
The film follows a single parent rich family. A Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly (as the alternative title suggests). Sonny and Girl are teenagers, who spend their days looking for tramps in the park, giving them alcohol in exchange for playing children’s games in the park, before inviting them back to the mansion for tea. Brutal murder ensues. They up the stakes and lair a rich bloke to their home which leads to all sorts of dangerous depravity.
I knew I’d like this film before watching it and really hoped it would offer all I was expecting. This is a real gem of British cinema which will disturb as well as entertain any viewer. Vanessa Howard’s performance as Girly is impeccable. It’s a shame her career never took off. Michael Bryant as the rich new friend is also very good here, a quality British actor.
Groundbreaking in some ways, as we have tramp killing, ala Clockwork Orange, (1971) and breaking through a bedroom door with an axe very similar to Shinning (1980), with Sonny’s face popping through the destroyed door. This was 1970!