Saturday, August 29, 2020

Attention, The Kids Are Watching (1978)

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Some rich kids accidentally kill their babysitter while their parents are on vacation.  They eat a lot of candy and avoid grown ups, until scummy drifter Alain Delon invites himself in.  Not funny like Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead is supposed to be funny, and not suspenseful and creepy like The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane.  Not much of anything, unless you like to watch Delon being a slob.

Unusual for a French film, there is no child sex, going so far as a having a scene with Delon pointedly refusing to have sex with a child.  There were such close similarities, I looked up the source material to see if this influenced Little Girl or vice versa, to find that The Children Are Watching and The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane were both written by Laird Koenig just four years apart.

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