So far in this column, the default setting for TV horror has been the supernatural; usually ghosts (vengeful division), and a cult or two (whether it be Satan or crops). However, I would be remiss if I didn’t tend to any unusual domestic activities on a more human scale. This brings us to The Babysitter
(1980), Peter Medak
’s chilling tale of live-in help with some serious boundary issues. She doesn’t do windows, but she will do away with you and your family.
Originally airing on Friday, November 28th, 1980 as part of the ABC Friday Night
Movie, The Babysitter
as well as NBC’s Friday Night
at the Movies would get trounced by CBS’ top rated shows The Dukes of Hazzard
and Dallas, but those were number two and one in the land, so nobody was breaking through that block, not even the nanny from Hell.