Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Nanny



A to Z Blogging Challenge: Movie Memories
Blogging about the movies that made an impact on my life

I first saw The Nanny (1965) on TV and it scared me to death (no pun intended). The story is about a killer Nanny. Only young Joey, Nanny's charge, knows the truth. He had been blamed for his sister's death and sent to an institution for disturbed children.

The movie opens with Joey returning home. No one believed him when he told them it was the Nanny that murdered his sister. Naturally, he doesn't want to be alone with her. He won't eat the food she prepares (it might be poison) and he slides his dresser in front of the door so she can't sneak into his room in the middle of the night and suffocate him with a pillow.

I thought he was pretty brave for a little kid. What else could he do? The adults wouldn't help him. He was on his own. Boy against Nanny.

Watch at your own risk.

22 comments:

Kris Yankee said...

This sounds very familiar to me, but was out a few years before I was born. But can you imagine - a killer nanny? Ack...no wonder nanny-cams came into being!

Name: Luana Krause said...

Kris: A killer nanny...what an awesome combination for a horror story.

li said...

This sounds great! Now, to see if I can find it anywhere....

Ellie said...

I've never seen this film but I want to now!

Loved this post and glad to have met you through A to Z.

Ellie Garratt

Monti said...

Didn't know about this film. When I think of The Nanny, I think about the TV series out now.

Thanks for commenting on my blog. Nice to meet you on A to Z!

Monti
NotesAlongTheWay

Name: Luana Krause said...

Lisa, Ellie, Monti: Thanks for visiting. The Nanny TV show was a whole other animal. Although Fran Drescher is a litte bit scary. LOL

Talei said...

Oh - I haven't see this, but I will now. It's just the kind of movie I like.

Bob Sanchez said...

Yikes. It's going to give me nightmares.

Massachusetts had a case some years ago where a nanny shook a baby to death. Her trial was big news.

Thanks for visiting me.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Talei: I like subtle horror like this, not the slasher kind. Very suspenseful.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Hi, Bob: Real life horror stories freak me out...I can only handle fiction. Movies like this aren't for everyone. But Bette Davis is amazing.

anthony stemke said...

Interesting movie concept. I never heard of this one. Was Joan Crawford in it? Does the kid survive? My appetite whetted by your post, I'll see if I can find it because you provoked interest in it. Good job.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Super creepy lady. That movie was kind of before its time.

Marjorie said...

Scary! I found the movie gaslight pretty creepy too. Then again I don't watch many creepy flicks.

Siv Maria said...

One I haven't heard of.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Anthony: No, Joan Crawford wasn't in it, but it was still creepy. If you watch it, let me know what you think.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Susan: Even now when I hear someone filling up a bathtub with water it creeps me out. "Bath time, Joey!"

Name: Luana Krause said...

Marjorie: I remember Gaslight. I didn't see it until a friend at work told us that she thought her husband was gaslighting her. I found out the term came from the movie, then I absolutely had to see it.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Hi, Siv: It's pretty obscure. I just happened across it watching an old movie channel.

Heather Henry said...

ooh sounds chilling! I will have to add to our list. I love old movies. Great blog! :) I love movies.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Heather: Thanks for stopping by!

Craig Edwards said...

Terrific latter day Davis - thank goodness for Robert Aldrich and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane - letting the older ladies tear it up in thrillers all through the 60's! Splendid choice - and not the obvious! Kudos!

Name: Luana Krause said...

Craig: I loved Whatever Happened to Baby Jane! Davis and Crawford at their best. The dead parakeet on the dinner tray was INSANE!