Directed by Francis Megahy, who had already done an episode of ‘The Professionals’ and would go on to shepherd through eps of other classic British telly shows like ‘Minder’, ‘Lovejoy’ and ‘Dempsey and Makepeace’, ‘Growing Pains’ stars Barbara Kellerman (the nightmare fuel White Witch in the BBC adaptation of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’) alongside the star of cult Ozploitation thriller ‘Wake in Fright’: Gary Bond.
Terence Morton (Bond) is a botanist working on an experimental protein that could feed the world in his basement laboratory. But while Terence toils, his diplomat wife Laurie (Kellerman) and son William are left unloved in their isolated country mansion.
Following a fab opening where William accidentally poisons himself and walks through a plate glass window, the Morton’s adopt a new son, James, a very creepy and very stiff young man. Quickly dreadful things start to happen to the family and the seemingly spiritually sensitive James is the chief suspect, but there may be more buried under the dirt in this haunting and mysterious familial folk horror that also features an unforgettable karate chop.