January 8, 2013
Hand That Rocks The Cradle (1992)
Rebecca De Mornay and Annabella Sciorra
Rebecca De Mornay has mean little eyes. Have you
noticed that? You take one look at her face and, even
though she has always been quite beautiful, every single time you look
at her she has this look in her eyes like she wants to rip your goddamn
face off. In fact, out of all the actresses in
over the past 30 years, I can't think of a single actress who can pull
off the "I am hot" and "I am also going to stab you" combination better
than Rebecca De Mornay.
The defense rests
By the way, if you want a good laugh, check out Rebecca De Mornay in
TV movie remake of "The Shining." For whatever
reason, Stephen King (god bless him) thought that the best choice to
play meek stay at home anonymous suburban mom Wendy Torrance
Rebecca De Mornay. It might have been the single worst piece
casting I have ever seen in a movie. Well, okay, either that
Kim Basinger as a science teacher in Cellular. Or Denise
as a nuclear physicist in that James Bond movie. Or, come to
think of it, Jack Nicholson as an average ordinary suburban dad in the
original Shining. That casting was just as ridiculous as
De Mornay as Wendy Torrance in the remake.
Hi, I'm a soccer mom
So anyway, Rebecca De Mornay is hot. And Rebecca De Mornay is
fucking scary. Not in a bad way, just... I mean... you know,
an effective way. Cast her as the villain in a movie and she
always be believable.
And that is why The Hand That Rocks the Cradle has long been one of my
favorite little guilty pleasures.
Yes, this is the first time in movie history that Rebecca De Mornay
finally got to play a psychopath.
Ponies are pretty
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is the story of an ordinary
little Seattle family called the Bartels. They are nothing
special. They are just your ordinary every day suburban
They have a little girl named Emma. The mother is
pregnant. They employ a mentally challenged groundskeeper
named Solomon to work in their
yard. They are a very sweet family.
And then evil Rebecca
De Mornay shows up and she applies for a job as their nanny.
And then she proceeds to rip their happy
little perfect suburban world apart.
Peyton explaining to Emma how babies are made and why Daddy doesn't
love her anymore
I can't tell you how many times I have watched The Hand That Rocks The
Cradle over the years. I will watch it every single time it
up on TV. And I absolutely love it. I will always
love it. Like I said, it is one of my all
time top guilty pleasures.
Yet here is the funny thing.
I can't really even tell you WHY I like it so much.
it's certainly not the best movie I have ever seen. The
doesn't make sense after about the first ten minutes. The guy
plays Mr. Bartel (Matt McCoy) is maybe the wimpiest movie dad you will
ever see in your life. He might also be the
stupidest human being ever
seen in a movie, ever. At one point I think he actually gets
the retarded groundskeeper.
Oh, and speaking of Solomon the
handyman, he is played by the one and only black Ghostbuster himself,
Mister Ernie Hudson.
Which makes it fun to sit there and drop Ghostbusters quotes
throughout the movie. Only say them in a Solomon voice.
it when you are watching the movie, it's fun.
"That's a big Twinkie"
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle came out in the year 1992, and it
was one of about ten different psychological thrillers that came out
within the span of about twelve months. For whatever reason,
I guess we
decided that 1992 was going to be
the year of the psychological thriller. And even
Fear and Single White Female will probably go down in history as being
the better entries of The Psychological Thriller Year of 1992, The
Hand That Rocks The Cradle is the one that will always be my favorite.
All kidding aside, I love
this movie because it stars Rebecca De Mornay as a psychopath.
Rebecca De Mornay is a GREAT psychopath. I have always
why this was the only movie ever where she got to play a character who
was horrible and evil and murdering and batshit crazy. She is
absolutely amazing in it.
I also love
this movie because it is that rare combination of being scary and
effective, while at the same time being goofy as
hell. Yes, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is one of those
movies out there that very easily straddles the line between being
amazing and being ridiculous. It is one half Alfred
Psycho, and the other half any movie ever seen on Mystery Science
And of course if you know me, you know that I think movies
that sort of combination should be placed on a pedestal.
Rebecca De Mornay beating the crap out of an 8 year old
In the end, I mainly just love this movie because it is fun.
And isn't that all that movies are supposed to be? It is
scary when it has to be. It is stupid when it isn't trying to
It is over the top and unsubtle just about every single step
of the way.
It is shameless and obvious and as manipulative as hell.
for some odd and glorious reason, it works. I don't know how
it works, I
don't know how a movie with Rebecca De Mornay as the lead and a father
who is this stupid and the handicapped black Ghostbuster as the hero
can work, but it does. It was either one of the greatest
achievements in moviemaking history, or it was one of the luckiest.
And considering it was made by the guy who made L.A.
Confidential (Curtis Hanson), I am guessing it was mostly because of
In any case, this is a movie that is way more effective than it has any
right to be, and because of that it is a guilty pleasure that I will
Oh, and the fact that it has a great ending too doesn't hurt.
Go watch The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. It will never win
any awards, and you will probably hate yourself afterwards for how
easily you were sucked into it. But it will always hold a
place in my heart because it is memorable.
Also, make sure you never let this person look after your kids:
P.S. All kidding aside, Rebecca De Mornay
is absolutely fantastic in this and she would easily
make my list of the top 25 all time greatest movie villains.
favorite IMDB user reviews about The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Great suspense movie - 23 April
One of the greatest thrillers
ever made. A classic. Perfect script, superb acting, excellent
execution. Curtis Hanson is a true master. Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca
De Mornay, Ernie Hudson, Julianne Moore and others make this movie
unforgettable. www.bestdvd.co.uk wrote: "A great performance from De
Mornay who is truly convincing as the insane Nanny from hell. Likewise,
Ernie Hudson who is the retarded Solomon, (a handyman helping out the
family) hits the emotional nerve as he gets the sharp end of the stick
from de Mornay. The camera-work is superb too - reminiscent of the 80's
horror style shots - and works to great dramatic effect. The suspense
as the film nears its finale is magnificent and you soon forget the 2
hour length of the film after a sluggish midsection.
A decent thriller- 12
I remember watching
quite a few thrillers around the time this was released - Unlawful
Entry, Single White Female, Deadbolt - all were fairly similar in
theme. This film I enjoyed the most though mainly due to menacing
performance of Rebecca de Mornay. Man, she's a nasty piece of work.
The greenhouse bit is particularly tense especially when you know
Rebecca de Mornay is the
nanny from hell...scary thriller... - 31 December 2006
have to hand it to the makers of THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE--once
the story starts to unravel, you have to stay tuned to find out how
this manipulative bitch will get her comeuppance. It's as simple as
that. We know from the start that she has evil intentions, but we never
know how evil they are until she starts a series of manipulative acts
that demonstrate how cunning and remorseless she is.
MORNAY is so convincingly evil that you have to wonder why her career
didn't skyrocket after this. It's a performance worthy of award
consideration, but both she and the film itself have been largely
forgotten. None of the supporting players, with the exception of
JULIANNE MOORE, have become household names but they're all quite
The ending may be somewhat predictable--and most
welcome when it finally comes--but it's still stylishly done and a
satisfying conclusion to a tale of household terror when a nanny's rage
goes amok because of an incident in her past involving a woman whom she
perceives as ruining her husband's life. Sure, it's been done before,
but never quite so cunningly presented.
Chilly and disturbing
movie. - 18 May 2001
not being fond of that type of movie, The Hands That Rocks The Cradle
is an exception. I like so much this movie, mainly Rebecca de Mornay's
warped character. How she earns that family's respect and confidence
and step by step she's tearing them apart. Fortunately (Or not, given
what eventually happens to her) Marlene finds out (Good job, as always,
by Julianne Moore, that is as beautiful as usual) and Peyton's plans
One of my favourite scenes is when Peyton goes
to the little daughter's schoolyard and tells that bully off. She warns
him not to f*** with her and the bully screams in pain.
If you are in the mood of spending almost two
hours watching a chilly movie with good acting and a tense ending, pick
this one. Ten out of ten.
Everything was fine until
they hired that babysitter... - 2 October 2005
Hand that Rocks the Cradle is the cornerstone of the trashy chick flick
sub-genre. Many films since have used the same formula that makes this
one a success, and most have failed. The reason this film is almost a
resounding success has nothing to do with the plot or characters,
however, it's the way that director Curtis Hanson handles it. The man
who would go on to find acclaim with the astounding L.A. Confidential
directs with the utmost still, and while there are few absolutely
shocking sequences in this film; you would be forgiven for thinking
otherwise due to the way that Hanson handles every scene. The movie
leaves a lot of room for suspense, and every instant is made the best
of by the director. The plot seems rather routine these days (and it
probably did back in 1992), as we see a good all-American family hire
the 'perfect' babysitter. She's not quite so perfect, however, and as
we watch her pull down the family she's supposed to be helping from
within, this becomes abundantly clear.
One thing that makes this
film hard to like for some people is the fact that almost every
motivation in the film is extremely unlikely. Would you hire a
babysitter who apparently 'just knew' you wanted one? Wouldn't you
become suspicious when everything started going wrong after you hired
her? The list goes on, it really does, and it would seem that writer
Amanda Silver just wanted to portray certain plots and didn't care too
much how the characters fit into them. It's also obvious that the
script was written by a woman throughout, with many of the sequences
being more aimed towards women. None of these points really harm it
though, because it's so well handled that it's hard not to just sit
back and enjoy yourself. The centrepiece when it comes to the stagy set
pieces is definitely the one with the greenhouse, which is both
psychologically pleasing and suspense filled. The acting is just fine,
with Rebecca De Mornay slotting into the deranged psycho role nicely.
The best thing about this film for me is definitely the way that the
babysitter manipulates the children and engineers situations to her
advantage. This may be trash at the end of the day, but it's fiendishly
favorite piece of trivia about The Hand That Rocks the Cradle:
(I love this one)
- Rebecca De Mornay had actually been angling for the part of
Tinkerbell in Hook. Losing the role to Julia Roberts prompted her to
actively seek something a little darker instead.
favorite scene in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle:
one scene in the movie where Peyton catches Solomon
(Ernie Hudson) spying on her while she is breastfeeding in the nursery,
and it is easily one of the more uncomfortable scenes I can think of
any movie so far on this countdown. The look in her eyes when
she gets him alone by the garage will just send chills down your spine.
"Don't fuck with me, retard. My version of the
story will be... better."
That Rocks the Cradle at the IMDB
Hand That Rocks the Cradle at Wikipedia
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