Well…someone decided they needed to get a remake out by June 6th, 2006. In a weird twist, screenwriter of the original film returned to write this remake. I call it a weird twist because in a documentary about the original four films, Seltzer did not write the sequels because he does not do sequels.
The result is an almost shot for shot remake of the original. Not like Gus Van Zandt’s Psycho remake. There are slight differences here and there.
Mia Farrow’s performance as the nanny seems sweeter throughout the film, which make the sequence where she enters the hospital where Julie Style’s Katherine Thorn is being cared for really ominous.
The original film had a child in the role that was cherubic…adorable. You knew he was bad, but you could not help but sympathize. Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick is made to look creepy in every shot. He is a scary kid.
The film is full of stylistic flourish, but it just feels like an imitation, trying to up the horrors of the original, but oddly falling short.