Grandmother (Louise Fletcher) vs Grandmother (Ellen Burstyn)
Louise Fletcher was frightening in this role. her Grandmother was a cold, ruthlessly pious monster of a woman with not one maternal bone in her body. She was like a black clad, buttoned-up force of evil nature and it made perfect sense for everyone she came across to be scared shitless of this woman.
Ellen Burstyn was very game and she tried mightily to impart a few shades to the character that were not present in the original film by showing that as horrible as “The Grandmother” was she was not without a bit of a conscience. However she never came off as being convincing as someone that anyone would be intimated by. At a certain point very early in the film I kept wondering why one of the children didn’t open up a can of whoop ass on this octogenarian and put the fear of a ungodly beat down in her the first time she threatened to whip one of them.
Advantage: FLOWERS ’87