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The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
Trust is her weapon. Innocence her opportunity. Revenge her only desire.
A suburban family chooses seemingly sweet Peyton Flanders as their newborn's nanny. Only much later does the infant's mother, Claire Bartel, realize Peyton's true intentions -- to destroy Claire and replace her in the family. The nail-biting suspense builds quickly in this chilling psychological thriller about deception and bitter revenge.
Surely a contender for cinemas greatest villain?
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle is maximum fun, has maximum suspense, maximum thrills, and almost maximum goodness.
If you want to know how a psycho views you, especially very innocent/pure people, watch this. It is chilling. I have met a workplace bully like this and it's the eyes that are piercing - it feels like that eyes are dead, have a void for...life force energy?! It's as piercing as one of those wooden - sit 'em on the knee and make 'em talk - style puppets! In this film (and it real life) it seems as those a psycho is most attracted to you if you are very emphatic yet haven't quite learnt how to build up your wall of personal boundaries (information and otherwise) and confidence - they want easy life force energy baby and will…
Damn, bitches be crazy...
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is a product of its time and the clear components of any 90’s thriller are all there to see, but there’s a lot more to it than that. It shows the manic paranoia of childbirth much in the same way to the legendary Rosemary’s Baby, but it works much more as a physical assault rather than the psychologically disturbing vision of Polanski’s film. The subtly is existent, but a lot of the time it’s hidden between the menacing force of its antagonists demented demeanour. Portrayed by Rebecca De Mornay, we witness the sadistic attitude of a “vengeful nanny” who seeks to wreak havoc on a family involved in the eventual deaths of her husband…
A very capable thriller. Nowhere near as bad as the commercials I saw as a child had lead me to believe. Sure there are plenty of over-the-top moments but it doesn't ever reach the point of camp. Makes me want to re-watch The River Wild after all these years.
Exactly the right level of idiotic.
Obsession at its finest. A Must see
Didn't really have much to do this afternoon and ended up watching this on cable. Hadn't seen it in a decade, probably, but I was surprised to see it has held up better than other films from the same era. Most of it is thanks to Rebecca DeMornay's mischievous performance. It isn't devoid of most of the typical 90's tropes that lead it to end like a run-of-the-mill slasher, but it's still a serviceable thriller.
It's very silly at times, with a few glaring plot holes, and the kid is very very annoying, but Rebecca DeMornay delivers a wonderfully psychotic performance as the nanny out for revenge.
I imagine this is the scariest film for parents to watch (outside of Alvin and the Chipmunks, but for different reasons). Entrusting the care of your child to an outsider, who actually turns out to be the angry wife of the doctor who killed himself after you accused him of sexual misconduct, the stress of which then caused her to have a miscarriage, desperate for revenge. You know, that old chestnut. Directed by Curtis Hanson, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle is a pretty tense and enjoyable thriller, with an excellent performance by Rebecca De Mornay as the nanny with an ulterior motive, the way she switches from sweetly innocent to crazy bitch is brilliantly done. She's pretty sadistic. She…
A very well made thriller, though the characters are rather bland. Rebecca De Mornay is excellent as the vengeful nanny, and a scene in a public bathroom stall is terrific.
Suspenseless film has some style. Rebecca De Mornay is good.
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