Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? ★★★½

Scavenger Hunt 41/Film 11/A film based on a children’s book

A very clever take on ‘Hansel and Gretel’ in what feels like a feature-length episode of ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’. Shelley Winters gets inspired by Norman Bates as she portrays a lonely widow with clear mental health issues. Instead of getting the help she likely needs, she gets into a game of cat and mouse with some worldly children (who actually could be slightly evil themselves). It is interesting how Winters Auntie Roo is presented here, like I say she is suffering but is very much put across as evil and while she certainly has her flaws, there is no evidence of downright wickedness. The film's setting is splendid and story engaging, it’s take and inspiration of a much-loved fairytale feels fresh and its use of supernatural and PSYCHO-esque elements add to its richness.

The film comes across as light but has a very dark heart, in particular, the ending. I found it unpredictable and surprising for the most part. Winters is brilliant and it is fascinating to see how Auntie Roo is portrayed. There are creepy imagery and corruption aplenty and it makes for a very satisfying use of time in front of the TV. Morbid fun for the whole family.