In New York, Dr. Norman Boyle assumes the research about Dr. Freudstein of his colleague Dr. Petersen, who committed suicide after killing his mistress. Norman heads to Boston with his wife Lucy Boyle and their son Bob to live in an isolated house in the woods that belonged to Dr. Petersen. Bob befriends the girl Mae that only he can see and she warns him to leave the house. Soon his parents hire the mysterious babysitter Ann and creepy things happen in the house. When Bobby goes to the basement, his parents discover the secret of the house.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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When Laura Gittleson, the real estate agent, is killed by Dr Freudstein, we see her body lying on the floor with her eyes closed and her mouth open. A few moments later, Freudstein drags her into the basement and her eyes are now open, but her mouth is closed. When she is hanging in the basement near the end of the film, her eyes and mouth are both open. See more
[Ann is kneeling on the floor, mopping up a huge pool of blood
What are you doing?
Ann, the babysitter
I made coffee.
In the end credits: "no one will ever know whether children are monsters or monsters are children." - Henry James See more
The film has had a huge history of BBFC problems over the years. The original cinema version was heavily cut with edits to the poker murder and the slashing of Ann's throat, and this print was later released on video prior to the Video Recordings Act and subsequently banned as a video nasty. The film was made officially available in 1988 though the print had been pre-edited by 34 secs (removing the cinema cuts) and then additionally cut by 4 mins 11 secs with further cuts to the opening stabbing, the bat attack, Norman's throat being torn out by Freudstein, and tracking shots of mutilated bodies in the basement. The film was again released in 1992 though this print had been heavily pre-cut by the distributors and removed 7 mins 27 secs of footage, thus rendering much of the film unintelligible. The 2001 Vipco DVD issue restored nearly all of the film's prior edits but was cut by 33 secs by the BBFC with lesser edits made to the poker murder and a throat cutting. Although willing to release the movie uncut the film had recently been prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act following the discovery of bootleg copies of the uncut version, leaving the BBFC no choice but to cut the film. All the cuts were finally waived for the 2009 Arrow DVD. See more
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