‘Nanny’ Isn’t Nearly as Scary as It Should Be

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Multiple unnerving things happen to Senegalese nanny Aisha (Anna Diop) in Nanny, be it visions of creepy-crawly spiders and mishaps with knives, or run-ins with a mythical creature that promises damnation and/or rebirth.

Unfortunately, while those incidents may be scary for the young single mother, they’re infinitely less so for audiences of Nikyatu Jusu’s feature debut. Nanny doesn’t straddle the line between immigrant drama and supernatural nightmare as much as it refuses to commit to either one of those lanes. Perceptive about its domestic milieu but flat and obvious when it comes to terror, it’s the sort of work that strives to be “elevated horror”—and, in the process, winds up epitomizing much of what’s wrong with that genre approach.

Despite being produced by Blumhouse, Nanny (in theaters November 23; on Prime Video December 16) has no interest in seriously rattling the nerves. Instead, it employs familiar spooky maneuvers to create a mood of ominous portent and dread that’s in tune with the mindset of its protagonist. Aisha has left her homeland for a better life in New York, and she hopes to bring over her son Lamine (Jahleel Kamara) once she’s earned enough money.

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