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The plot is certainly nothing new; we've seen it all before with such thrillers as "The Hand that rocks the Cradle", and the like. But yet the story manages to get exciting every now and then. The acting was really convincing, and I always like to see new faces, which also made this movie likeable.
All other things, like picture & sound quality were good to excellent with this DVD. Go and see it if you're into thrillers, because you won't regret it.
The writing was formulaic. The acting was mostly made for TV grade, along with the unimaginative credit fonts and lame music used in every made for TV film ever made. There are no real surprises and might do as a family night slasher rental, i.e. threaten the kids you are going to hire a nanny if they don't behave.
A family has both parents working, so they hire a young woman as a live-in babysitter. There is no bad records on Abigail Reed. But some bad things happen after the mother speaks about working from home! A friend checks out that name - that girl died in her teens. But a friend of Abigail named Linda Reynolds disappeared from that orphanage. Linda’s mother has been in a mental hospital for decades. [A congenital problem?]
Abby shows her hatred for Megan and her husband Max! Megan’s friend arrives and is attacked as well. Then the children are tied up. [Did no one notice any signs before? What were here references?] Abby tells what happened years ago. Max was the lawyer who get her mother sent to an institution! There is a struggle. Will Megan win the fight? Will bad things happen to good people? Or will there be a happy ending to this TV movie?
The lesson is to beware of hiring someone who is found on the Internet. “You can be anyone you want to be.” Local people with a known history are the first choice.
William R. Moses, perhaps best known for appearing in numerous Perry Mason TV movies, is Carter Eastman, a lawyer and father of two. Carter and his wife Meghan (Gail O'Grady, NYPD Blue), a real estate broker, decide to hire a live-in nanny, so that Meghan can return to work. Young, personable, and attractive, Abby Reed (Mariana Klaveno) is hired, to look after the Eastman's kids, Casey and Max, and soon becomes part of the family. It is revealed very early that Abby has her eye on Carter, and from here it's kind of a familiar story, as she begins to undermine Meghan. Then, in order to keep her secrets from coming to light, Abby resorts to homicide, and then the fun really begins.
The story has little happening in the romance and sex departments, and focuses more on the family's changing dynamics, and Abby's delusions and increasingly violent acts. You know Abby will engage in mayhem, the question is how extreme it will be. The worst is when one of Carter's friends gets a shovel slammed into his neck. Meghan's nosy neighbor who is suspicious of Abby, also incurs her wrath. And poor Meghan takes a fall down the same flight of steps twice! Mariana Klaveno (True Blood) pulls off being the deranged Abby quite well. While Gail O'Grady and William R. Moses, are fairly credible as the too trusting couple. The twist involving Abby's past isn't very realistic, but it's still a very good fit in a drama like this.Read more ›
This Lifetime movie was originally titled WHILE THE CHILDREN SLEEP is one of those guilty pleasures. Every move is calculated to be predictable: the lecherous partner of our ignorant dad; the nosy neighbor who knows too much; the workaholic mom who loses her child's affections; the mom's sexy and suspicious best friend. All fall prey to the malevolent sitter. The movie does have a twist at the end I didn't see coming.
Mariana Klaveno is quite good as Abby, the sitter, effortlessly switching from sweet to savage at the drop of a shovel. Gail O'Grady, William R Moses and Stacy Haiduk are good if not memorable.
THE SITTER is actually alittle better than most Lifetime flicks--nothing great but enjoyable.
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