Some of you may remember Joshua Giuliano’s short film The Flesh of My Lovers—a brilliantly weird mix of dark humor and horror—that I featured right here on the Short Round last year. If not, be sure to check that out because it’s a perfectly crafted shocker that will have you squirming right out of your skin. As for his latest, Giuliano has ditched the uncomfortable atmosphere of The Flesh of My Lovers and turned in something a bit more subtle and poised with Grandma’s House, which is an absolutely phenomenal take on the home invasion subgenre.
I liked the idea of restricting a Hollywood movie’s worth of stunts, thrills and spectacle to about thirty yards of floor space. Instead of focusing on the big moments — explosions, jumps, crashes — I set out to create and sustain tension through small, seemingly arbitrary details — reloading a gun, descending a flight of stairs, opening a door — all at a fraction of the pace of a big budget set piece. A breakneck pursuit in slow motion. But while I enjoyed attempting to subvert the home invasion thriller and action movie, the core draw for me was the character of Grandma. My own Grandma had just recently passed away prior to filming, and in a way, this was how I payed my respects to her legacy: her wisdom, mischief, and ruggedness that could only have been earned by living a long and full life.
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