The movie begins with a long somewhat yawn inducing introduction to the brother and sister prancing around a zoo in schoolboy and schoolgirl uniforms acting ridiculously childlike/retarded. Other than Girly's intensely short miniskirt, your humble blogger was unimpressed.
Girly and Sonny take our hobo home to meet Mumsy and Nanny. Mumsy is sort of a Miss Haversham and obviously rules the roost. I can't quite figure why this homeless man is going along with all this (he seems horribly confused and put out), unless he thinks he might get laid.
In a particularly creepy scene, the gang is playing "oranges and lemons", skipping around merrily... until the lovely Girly takes the final lines of the old poem literally and chops his head off with an axe (not visible on camera).
"Oranges and lemons", say the bells of St. Clement's
"You owe me five farthings", say the bells of St. Martin's
"When will you pay me?" say the bells of Old Bailey
"When I grow rich", say the bells of Shoreditch
"When will that be?" say the bells of Stepney
"I do not know", says the great bell of Bow
"Here comes a candle to light you to bed"
"And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!"
The following day, Sonny and Girly are out to entrap more "friends" to play their games. This time they entice a male prostitute and his client leaving a party. They head to the playground (with the geezer obviously drooling over Girly) for some kindergarten fun. However, the client grows weary of the games and starts giving her male escort static.
Subsequently, the chick is thrown to her death from the top of the slide as punishment. Girly and Sonny bring her body back to the house and stow her in a trunk. Things are getting beyond morbid at this point.
Note: the client was played by Imogen Hassal who committed suicide in London by overdose of the barbiturate Tuinal in 1980.
The Game continues when Girly convinces the "New Friend" that he was the one that killed her in a drunken stupor. New Friend was too liquored up to remember the truth. It's the same plot as Tom Sawyer, where Injun Joe makes a drunk think he committed a murder that Injun Joe actually committed.
The next fifteen minutes of the film involve Sonny and Girly playing annoying tricks on their poor New Friend. Things take another morbid turn when New Friend finds his dead client in his bed with a note around her neck: "Rule #1: Play the Game".
But the New Friend isn't quite as easily duped and as predictable as their previous victims. In fact, New Friend is a male escort by trade, and so has a few tricks of his own. He lures Girly into a shed and, well, begins "practicing his trade". Girly likes. Girly likes a lot.
I'll take a moment here to point out one aspect of this film that elevates it beyond its low budget limitations: Francis' cinematography. Francis eventually became a hall of fame cinematographer with movies like Man in the Moon and Cape Fear in 1991, as well as great work in Glory, The Elephant Man and Dune. You can really see some masterful shots in this film that even a layman like myself can appreciate.
Anyway, it doesn't take long for New Friend to cast his spell over Nanny and Mumsy. It seems the only member of this whole effed up household that isn't attracted to New Friend is Sonny... who seems a bit effeminate, and may be hiding things. However, we'll never know Sonny has hiding in his closet because Girly goes Medieval on his ass for even suggesting that he was planning to kill New Friend.