Alan and Molly Sheridan have a baby boy named Jake. They hire a baby-sitter, Camilla, to look after Jake and she becomes part of the family. The Sheridan’s friend and neighbour, Phil, takes a liking to Camilla and asks her out. She refuses, but Phil follows her and discovers that she is not quite human. Camilla discovers that she has been followed and Phil is pursued. He leaves a desperate message for Alan and Molly which reveals that Camilla has special plans for baby Jake. —IMDb
William Friedkin (born 29 August 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1972 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. His recent film, Bug (2006) won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
After seeing the movie Citizen Kane as a boy, Friedkin became fascinated with movies and began working for WGN-TV immediately after high school. He eventually started his directorial career doing live television shows and documentaries, including The People vs. Paul Crump which won several awards and contributed to the commutation of Crump’s death sentence. As mentioned in Friedkin’s voice-over commentary on the DVD re-release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Friedkin also directed one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, called “Off Season”. Hitchcock admonished Friedkin for not wearing a tie… read more
Conto de precaução sem pé nem cabeça sobre babá malvada que poderia entreter caso Friedkin tivesse interesse em elaborar algo que guardasse a menor semelhança com ritmo e suspense. Fora os impactantes momentos iniciais, envolvendo o sumiço de um bebê, não há indícios de que está-se diante de uma obra do diretor de "O Exorcista".
Friedkin seems to struggle with how to effectively translate the male fear of a women's ability to procreate through metaphoric druid-tree-woman-spirit horror. The film finds feet half-way through the third reel when traditional elements of the "thriller" kick-in as Brad Hall observes the surrealistic workings of nature that man shouldn't see and must flee before he's found. Great early work for Matthew Mungle fans!