Babysitter

Babysitter Must Die (2020)

It is the Christmas period, and while her college co-ed friends are out partying, Josie Jane (Riley Scott) is babysitting young Sophia Castillo (Scarlett Hazen). “I’d honestly rather be babysitting,” she tells her mother at the beginning of Kohl Glass’ ominously titled Babysitter Must Die – and this desire is rooted not so much in…

Sitter

The Night Sitter (2018)

The Night Sitter first published by SciFiNow The Night Sitter opens with the sound of strange humming – and then we see young ‘Amber’ (Elyse Dufour) driving to a house in a suburban cul de sac for a child-minding job. As Amber carefully discards her cigarette, applies drops to her eyes, and practises introducing herself by…

Calls

When A Stranger Calls (1979)

When A Stranger Calls first published Little White Lies, as the 72nd entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column It is for a single (lengthy) sequence, perhaps even for a single line, that Fred Walton’s feature debut When A Stranger Calls has taken up residence in the collective unconscious. The film’s opening section was adapted from…

Emelie

Emelie (2015)

Emelie first published by Little White Lies Michael Thelin’s Emelie opens with a leafy neighbourhood street, shot wide by an unmoving camera in a single take. First heard talking on her phone about her babysitting gig that evening, a teenage girl gradually drifts into shot, only to be abducted by a woman in a car and a male…