Nanny Cam (Review)

Nanny Cam

aka Sitter Cam
Nanny Cam
Written by Brian McAuley
Directed by Nancy Leopardi

Nanny Cam
Oh, Lifetime. Just when you think your films have gotten boring, you throw out some crazy gems like Nanny Cam! Crazy teenage babysitters are what you get when you don’t hire exclusively through that club of babysitters, though since all those girls are grown up now, it’s what you have to do. But in addition to the baby sitter being nuts, we have a mom with secrets, adoption and abortion tragedies, parents working too hard, paranoia, and even dementia! Nanny Cam is some good Lifetime fun, bringing just enough crazy to entertain, and spreading it out to keep tight pacing.

Linda Kessler (Laura Allen) is your typical working mom who is always on her phone, to the point where her husband Mark (Cam Gigandet) hates her phone. Their one night out to celebrate their anniversary is cut short when their daughter Chloe (Farrah Mackenzie) is injured as their older babysitter Barbara has a senior moment while cooking some mac and cheese. Linda blames herself and is resolved to get a new, younger sitter. But good sitters are hard to find, and until then Chloe has to hang out at the house Mark is renovating to flip, being left unsupervised to play with nail guns.
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It’s there that she makes a friend, teenage girl Heather Lambert (India Eisley), who used to nanny and is looking for some extra money before she starts school in the fall. Mark is instantly on board, but Linda is suspicious, and not just because Heather is a hot teenage girl. But her reference checks out, and Linda reluctantly hires her. Linda does get a nanny cam, hidden in an alarm clock, so she can keep an eye at home and make sure Chloe isn’t hurt again.
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Nanny Cam records babysitter treachery on Lifetime!

Nanny Cam Lifetime

I’ll save you child, by putting cameras in every object in the house!

[adrotate banner=”7″]As we all know, babysitters are instruments of the devil, sent to seduce fathers away from their families and leave mothers alone and sobbing. It’s true, all girls are brainwashed into this thanks to books like The Babysitters Club. Damn you, Stacey McGill! So it’s only natural that Lifetime yet again has a movie about an evil babysitter, a clueless husband who is easily seduced by tender young flesh, and a wife who has to sit around while it all happens around her. Luckily, now with Nanny Cam, she has a nanny cam and can spy on all the illicit action. Which is sort of perverse, but maybe she’s into it. Or probably not, as this is a Lifetime movie, not a Cinemax movie. Nanny Cam was known as Sitter-Cam during production.

Nanny Cam stars Laura Allen, Cam Gigandet, India Eisley, Farrah Mackenzie, and Monster Squad hero Andre Gower! New director Nancy Leopardi has a history of producing quality Lifetime content – Starving in Suburbia, Escape from Polygamy, and even genre films like AE: Apocalypse Earth and 100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck! This is writer Brian McAuley’s first feature.

When Linda and Mark’s elderly nanny, Mrs. Highsmith, is no longer able to care for their five-year-old daughter Chloe, they have no choice but to find a new sitter immediately. That’s when Heather enters their life. Young, gorgeous, great with kids and with a glowing recommendation, Heather seems perfect. But Linda isn’t ready to trust a new sitter with her child, and decides to keep an eye on them via nanny cams. Her curiosity turns to obsession as she notices Chloe growing more and more attached to Heather… not to mention Mark. Is Heather slowly muscling her way into Linda’s role? Things get even stranger when Mrs. Highsmith mysteriously commits suicide but it isn’t until Heather kidnaps Chloe that Linda begins to understand why Heather is here. Will Linda be able to keep Heather from doing the unthinkable by facing a past she’s tried to forget?

Nanny Cam premieres Sunday, December 28th on Lifetime!

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Monster Squad 25th Anniversary Screening Trip Report

The Monster Squad Castro
[adrotate banner=”1″]Who didn’t grow up with The Monster Squad as one of their favorite films? Okay, everyone who isn’t a boy in my age range. But beyond that, The Monster Squad is awesome and has held up to become a beloved cult classic, even as it bombed at the box office. Thanks to the magic of home video, everyone begged their parents to rent the film over and over again, even recording it off of HBO and wearing their tapes down watching it again and again and again. I love The Monster Squad, and it was nice to finally be able to see it on the big screen with a nice digital print for the 25th anniversary presentation. I was joined at this show by Hellburger and his wife. And, yes, everyone cheered when Wolfman was proved to have nards!

Cast members Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert, Ashley Bank and director Fred Dekker were on hand to introduce the film and answer questions at the end. The Q&A featured a Rothschild conspiracy theory question (The 1st ADA was Richard Luke Rothschild) that totally confused Fred Dekker and sent me into fits of laughter that someone would even ask such a ridiculous question. But it’s good to know that Monster Squad is part of the global conspiracies you hear so much about. You can sort of tell from all the clues in The Monster Squad: Dracula has three brides, the Trilateral Commission is three-related. The five classic monsters each represent a different point on the five-pointed pentagram. The Gillman obviously represents the Reptillian overlords. Stephen King rules, that is part of the conspiracy. The requirement of a virgin to unlock the portal to limbo is a reference to how only the pure of heart can defeat the banking cabals. The Monster Squad is a key to defeat the unseen forces that shape this world…unless it’s false flag propaganda designed to give out inaccurate strategies to keep us all slaves!

I’m on to you, The Monster Squad!

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The Monster Squad

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Andre Gower as Sean Crenshaw
Robby Kiger as Patrick
Brent Chalem as Horace
Ryan Lambert as Rudy
Michael Faustino as Eugene
Tom Noonan as Frankenstein
Leonardo Cimino as Scary German Guy
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M-m-m-m-m-monster Squad!
Monster Squad

Before Van Helsing crapped up the idea of bringing all the classic Universal Monsters together in one film, The Monster Squad proved it could be done in an entertaining way. It also turned out to be a cool eighties movie that played off of all the traditions and culture of the time. It spoke to millions of kids who were obsessed with monsters. It also answered the question of whether or not the Wolfman has nards. Put Ghostbusters and The Goonies in a blender, and you get….The Monster Squad!

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