Michael's Cinema Paradiso’s review published on Letterboxd:
Afterthoughts: Wow, I'm pleasantly surprised by this. I was just scrolling through the horror section on the Sky Movies app and chose this for its short length.
I honestly thought it'd be alright, at best, but I actually found it rather good.
The general sense of foreboding and eeriness is established early on and sustained for much of the film. Though things heat up, it's actually the scenes when things start to get a little strange (I rephrase that, VERY inappropriate) that have you seriously disconcerted and worried about where they're going, and are therefore the most memorable and well-executed.
The acting from Sarah Bolger, who plays the titular creepy babysitter, is strong, and so too are the children's performances. It's refreshing to see a young woman cast in this type of horror thriller, as opposed to the more stereotypical male antagonist.
This is like a weird, messed up version of Room, and I will admit, I'd sooner pick this over that film any day of the week (despite Room being a superior film).
I'm so relieved the creators didn't opt for an orchestral score, because the more understated and atmospheric one used keeps the film from feeling melodramatic and heightens the tension.
There's a hell of a lot of unanswered questions too, which I always find to be a good thing, leaving much to ponder afterwards.
Although it kinda loses momentum towards the end and feels somewhat anticlimactic, Emelie is a well-crafted and tense thriller, with a scenario that is enough to scare the heebie jeebies out of parents just with the very mention of such a thought.