Last year, between the two of us, we watched an average of 317 movies.
This year our goal is to top that by watching at least one a day.
And as an extra special torture, we've decided to write about all of them.

03 May 2008

The Sitter (aka. While the Children Sleep), dir. Russell Mulcahy (2007)

NIKKI says:
I just wanted to watch something while I came down from an annoying day at work. This movie was perfect. Steve and I sat back, made some jokes, and because it was 3 in the afternoon, and we'd just had sausages, we didn't feel the least bit dirty. Campy, crappy, afternoon movies have their place, too.

So, this is another one of those bad babysitter movies, that usually involve a sexy sitter invading the home of a wholesome family either to seduce the husband or steal the children. I'm thinking The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Sitter (with Kim Myers) ... I'm sure there are others. Anyway... in this one, babysitter Abby is hired to live in with William Moses's family. We know she was neglected in her own childhood, so it's a matter of waiting 'til the rage comes out.

She kills Moses's best friend with a shovel through the neck, and off we go. The neighbours are on to Abby, and so she sets about offing them one by one, never once stopping to think that maybe her shady past and proximity to the deaths would arouse suspicion. But, then, she's crazy in love and just crazy -- so, who knows?

Eventually, she tries to off Moses' wife, Gail O'Grady and succeeds only in hobbling her. She has to come up with something a bit more imaginative to finally get what she wants. And, in the end, it's not so imaginative after all. And then it ends. It was everything it promised -- campy, silly, derivative, with awesome PG-rated horror effects. After it, I was ready to face the day. Perfect.


STEVE says:
This from the guy who directed Highlander and Razorback. Russell, what happened?

I didn't enjoy this one as much as Nikki; mostly just sat there waiting for the forgone conclusion of an ending to hurry up and arrive. Standard Crazy Babysitter fare, as Nikki pointed out, all stuff we've seen before, with harsher ratings and bigger stars, but always with the same outcome.

How many times can Crazy Babysitter story be told, anyway? And why does it keep coming back around? Is it based on some Greek myth I've yet to hear about, some tale that gets handed down from generation to generation in different forms? Where's the archetype for this particular story?

My guess is, we haven't seen the last of it. The good news is, it can only really get better from this point.


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