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The Nanny (2018)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller | 1 October 2018 (USA)
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A young girl, Noa, suspects her new nanny isn't from this world. Noa fights to reveal the nanny's identity, which is more twisted than she imagined in this dark fantasy tale.

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Joel Novoa

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jaime Murray ... Leonor
Schuyler Fisk ... Anna
Nicholas Brendon ... David
Christian Ganiere ... Michael
Jennifer Marshall ... Julie
Nick Gomez ... Officer Frank
Bruce Bohne ... Bartender
Jadin Harris ... Noa
Marie Del Marco ... Doris
Emily Troedson ... Woman
Robert Zachar ... Elkrog
Sandra Lee-Oian Thomas Sandra Lee-Oian Thomas ... Gwen (as Sandy Oian-Thomas)
Elle Coventry ... Emma
Chrispy Garlitz Chrispy Garlitz ... Himself
Chris Garlitz Chris Garlitz ... Himself
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Young Noa and Michael are put in the care of their new nanny, Leonor, whom Noa suspects is a malicious supernatural being. Dismissed by those around her, Noa works to uncover Leonor's true identity but soon finds far more than she bargained for herself. Written by subratjain1

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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A Babá See more »

Filming Locations:

Northfield, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Epic Pictures Group See more »
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Twisted nanny
7 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Nanny' drew me into seeing it, with a cool poster/cover, an slightly intriguing but very derivative premise and as someone with a general appreciation for horror. That it was low-budget, which from frequent personal experience is rarely a good sign due to that there are so many poor ones out there, made me though apprehensive.

It is sadly however yet another film seen recently, hence some reiteration because the exact same strengths and flaws those films have are present here, that to me was incredibly disappointing considering its potential which it doesn't do anywhere near enough with. 'Nanny', with a plethora of problems (huge ones too) and doesn't do enough with its potential, which was hardly small. There is next to nothing to recommend and it is a sleeper.

Lets start with the positives. The scenery is atmospheric and spooky.

It also started off quite well on an unsettling note.

Unfortunately, it is not done justice by the rather direct to video schlocky way it's shot and edited, it was very clear that the film was made in a rush with no care or enthusiasm.

Going on further to the negatives, the story does feel paper thin, disjointed and over-stretched and some of it feels vague, under-explained in the last third where the film especially became duller, more predictable, more senseless and less scary. Too many characters are too sketchy and with nowhere near enough to make one want to endear to them. Their annoying and illogical decision making and behaviours frustrates.

Making the film feel bland and forgettable with not enough heart put into it. The effects are ropy at best, the sound quality is obvious and utilised cheaply (being too loud in the build ups and people's reactions) and it's best not mentioning the uniformly lumbering and histrionic acting. The nanny is the worst example of the latter, completely takes away from the attempted twisted nature of the atmosphere.

Dialogue can be stilted and rambling, with lots of clichés and no depth whatsoever, while the pace goes to a standstill very quickly and drags on forever with next to nothing going on worth caring about, never recovering. Found too many the supposedly shocking moments not surprising or scary and the supposedly creepy atmosphere dreary, due to the excessive obviousness, a lot of dumb and vague moments and explanations and the lack of tension and suspense. Would not have minded the lack of originality (the film is extremely derivative and in a dumbed and watered down way) if the story and atmosphere were at least alright in execution, in reality they were both dreadfully done.

A lot of 'Nanny' has underdeveloped plot elements and often nonsensical and confusing character motivations, while too many of the things to make you jump or shocked are far from creative or scary and are pretty tame. The ending makes the film finish on an incomplete and confused whimper.

There is not enough threat here and what there is of it tends to be used poorly, it is completely unimaginative and more odd than creepy, completely failing to show any sense of horror. Some badly sagging momentum too. The direction is leaden, inexperience seems to be all over the film, and the music doesn't really fit and is quite monotonous.

All in all, very bad. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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