The 1952 movie Don’t Bother to Knock, a low-key thriller about an emotionally troubled baby-sitter, provided Marilyn Monroe with her first starring role. Knock wasn’t exactly a classic, but this retitled remake could have served to showcase Kim Myers, who has had smaller roles in theatrical movies like White Palace and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Myers is an uncanny cross between Meryl Streep and Annette O’Toole, but it’s difficult to tell how good an actress she is — The Sitter is stultifying.
Early on, we learn that Myers’ character lives with her abusive uncle and aunt (Eugene Roche and Susan Barnes); one night, she’s hired to take care of a 5-year-old girl (Kimberly Cullum). Over the course of the evening, the baby- sitter has a nervous breakdown, murders her aunt, and takes a good whack at the little girl’s mother (Susanne Reed).
There’s never any suspense in The Sitter. Under Rick Berger’s direction, everyone’s reactions seem weirdly slow; in any sort of crowd scene, the extras move around like zombies, as if all too aware that the camera is on them. And if I’m noticing details like this, you know The Sitter is really boring. D