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Synopsis

Sam is a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby. Mr. and Mrs. Ulman are the older couple who lure Sam out to their creeky Victorian mansion deep in the woods, just in time for a total lunar eclipse. Megan is Sam's best friend, who gives her a ride out to the house, and reluctantly leaves her there despite suspecting that something is amiss. Victor at first seems like just a creepy guy lurking around the house, but quickly makes it clear that Sam will end this night in a bloody fight for her life.

Cast

  • Jocelin Donahue
  • Tom Noonan
  • Mary Woronov
  • Greta Gerwig
  • AJ Bowen
  • Dee Wallace
  • Heather Robb
  • Darryl Nau
  • Brenda Cooney
  • Danielle Noe

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Promotionally released on VHS in a clamshell box. The last major motion picture released in that format was A History of Violence (2005).
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Goofs

  • When Samantha is holding the knife near the bottom of the stairs, she says, "Mrs. Ulman?" referring to Mr. Ulman's mother-in-law. Her last name would most likely not be the same as her son-in-law's last name.
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Quotes

    • [Taps on goldfish bowl]
    • Samantha: Hello fish.
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Metacritic

40

This is the perfect illustration of the banality of most scare movies.

Metacritic review by Kirk Honeycutt
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter
88

It is a fine little old-school thriller.

Metacritic review by Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
75

The film may provide an introduction for some audience members to the Hitchcockian definition of suspense: It's the anticipation, not the happening, that's the fun.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times