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Emelie (2015)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 4 March 2016 (USA)
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A couple's replacement babysitter turns out to be more than they bargained for when she subjects their kids to a series of twisted activities.

Director:

Michael Thelin
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Credited cast:
Carly Adams ... Sally Thompson
Elisha Ali Elisha Ali ... Kitchen Staff (as Elisha Ceo Ali)
Tyler Aser ... Neighbor
Carl Bailey Carl Bailey ... Officer Morton
Thomas Bair ... Christopher
Jason John Beebe ... Waiter
Chris Beetem ... Dan
Heather Benson Heather Benson ... Restaurant Patron
Sarah Bolger ... Emelie
Bob Bozek ... Skinny Man (as Robert Bozek)
Annette Christian ... Howie's mom
Doreen Donovan Corkin Doreen Donovan Corkin ... Restaurant Patron
Lynn Czekaj Lynn Czekaj ... Restaurant Patron
O'Mick Donald O'Mick Donald ... Kitchen Staff
Michael Joseph Dugan Michael Joseph Dugan ... Cabbie
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A couple's replacement babysitter comes highly recommended. After the parents leave, the children begin to suspect that she is not the person she claims to be when she subjects them to a series of twisted activities.

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The babysitter is here. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Емили See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA

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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Emelie's ID the Jacob finds in her wallet resembles an Ontario provincial Health Card except it only has the French title on the card and in the top left corner it says Canada instead of Ontario. See more »

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When Jake turns his bedside lamp off, the light clicks off before he reaches the mechanism. See more »

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Featured in Making 'Emelie' (2016) See more »

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One Way or Another
Written by Debbie Harry and Nigel Harrison
Performed by Until The Ribbon Breaks
Courtesy of Peter Lawrie Winfield
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Throws Everything Away In Its Final Act To Finish As A Forgettable Thriller
5 July 2016 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

Despite packing in an interesting premise & opening on a promising note, Emelie throws everything away in its final minutes to finish as a forgettable horror thriller. The setting is smartly built up, the suspense is effectively sustained for the majority of its runtime but what it lacks & what brings the whole film down eventually is the absence of a proper closure.

The story of Emelie follows the Thompson family that finds the couple going out to celebrate their wedding anniversary, leaving behind their three children in the care of a new babysitter. The kids are instantly enamoured by her as she allows them to do things their parents won't but as night progresses, they soon find out that their caretaker isn't what she claims to be.

Directed by Michael Thelin in what is his directional debut, Emelie takes its time to set up its plot & is often regular with its delivery of brief, unnerving moments from start to finish. It plays on every parent's worst nightmare i.e. leaving one's child in the care of a stranger, and is gripping on more occasions than one. But it could've been so much more if Thelin had figured out a better third act.

Its ominous ambiance is a definite plus as it keeps the tension alive, and the slow relaxed pacing is fitting too as it allows the plot & characters to breathe freely. Another highlight is Sarah Bolger who carries the entire film on her own and delivers a deranged performance. The kids are annoying as expected but a couple of them are nevertheless convincing in their interaction with the babysitter.

On an overall scale, Emelie had all the ingredients to finish as a nail-biting chiller but it tries to get ahead of itself in the final act and pays the price, for that move didn't just work against it but also squandered everything that had transpired before. It really is a shame because there was potential in this material but its decision to cop-out in the end ruins its chances of being counted amongst the better examples of its genre(s).


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