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While the Children Sleep

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Director  Russell Mulcahy
Initial DVD release  January 9, 2008 (Japan)
Writer  Stephen Niver
Language  English
5/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Running time  1h 30m
Music director  Elia Cmiral
Country  United States
While the Children Sleep movie poster

Release date  September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
Cast  Gail O'Grady, William R. Moses, Mariana Klaveno, Madison Davenport, Tristan Lake Leabu, Stacy Haiduk
Similar movies  The Sitter (1991), The Secret of Hidden Lake (2006), A Daughters Nightmare (2014), High Noon (2009), Her Only Child (2008)

While the Children Sleep (also known as The Sitter) is a 2007 made-for-television horror film released on the Lifetime Movie Network. The film is about a couple who hires a live-in nanny (Mariana Klaveno) who inserts herself increasingly into the family routine. Then friends of the family begin to have mysterious accidents, as the nanny conspires to replace the mother through murder. The film's plot was compared by reviewers to the 1992 film The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and the 2001 film The Glass House, as well as others.


While the Children Sleep movie scenes


While the Children Sleep movie scenes

A couple, Carter and Meghan, decide that they should hire a live-in sitter so that they can both work and support their two children, Max and Casey. Abby Reed answers their advertisement and they move her in immediately. After some initial rough spots with the kids, the family warms to Abby. Abby seems obsessed with Carter, and when she helps organize a company party for a big success — that is rained out — she's in tears and distraught over the failed party. Carter's friend Tate tries to take advantage of Abby in her upset state, and then Tate is discovered dead in a car accident. Neighbor Mel is then suspicious of Abby, and is soon found dead as well, electrocuted in her bath. Then, Meghan's friend Shawna, now suspecting Abby as well, threatens disclosure as the final moments of Abby's plan to replace Meghan unfold. As backstory, we find that Abby had been rescued from her abusive mother by family lawyer Carter many years before, where Abby's obsession originates with the family and desire to replace Meghan as his wife.


  • Mariana Klaveno as Abigail "Abby" Reed/Linda Reynolds
  • Dominique Grund as young Abby/Linda
  • Gail O'Grady as Meghan Eastman
  • William R. Moses as Carter Eastman
  • Tristan Lake Leabu as Maxwell "Max" Eastman
  • Madison Davenport as Casey Eastman
  • Stacy Haiduk as Shawna Pierson
  • Joanne Baron as Melissa "Mel" Olson
  • Alan Blumenfeld as Del Olson
  • Thomas Curtis as Thomas "Tom" Olson
  • Jon Lindstrom as Tate Walker
  • Monique Daniels as Laura Berry
  • Jill Jaress as Elizabeth Reynolds
  • Jordan Moser as Chris
  • DVD release

    The film was released on DVD on June 17, 2008 under the name The Sitter.


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