Anna Diop Faces Unsettling Horrors In Blumhouse’s Next Film
Co-produced with Prime Video, the film also stars Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls, Leslie Uggams, and Morgan Spector.
Prime Video and Blumhouse have unveiled the trailer for their upcoming psychological horror production, Nanny. Nanny, which is being described as a ‘psychological fable of horror’, stars Anna Diop as Aisha, who takes up a job as a nanny to Amy’s (Michelle Monaghan) child. The trailer establishes Aisha as an immigrant from Senegal who has left her son behind to eventually earn a pathway for him to join her in the States.
The film’s trailer smoothly sets up the beginning of Aisha’s new life, but soon things start taking peculiar turns. Aisha finds herself in mysteriously haunting circumstances and becomes troubled by the family’s ‘volatile home life. These unsettling events that take a toll on Aisha’s life further horrify her due to her constant longing to bring her son back to her. And the eerie background score, frightening settings, and stunning visuals make Nanny more promising, just like Blumhouse’s other horror hits. Will Aisha be able to work her way to bring her son home, or will she fall prey to this vicious incursion in her life?
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Whether there is a demonic possession in the house or is it purely psychological horror, Nanny’s trailer cleverly hides the major plot details in its dark and creepy narrative.
Nanny is the directorial debut of Nikyata Jusu. Jusu is known for depicting the complexities of Black women characters in her works such as African Booty Scratcher, Flowers, and Suicide by Sunlight. Nanny will be her debut feature movie. Jusu had earlier said about the film:
Knowing my first feature, ‘Nanny,’ is now among a roster of provocative and iconic work at Amazon is rewarding. Coupled with Blumhouse’s recognizability in the world of genre, horror specifically, I’m excited to be in the warm embrace of a team at the intersection of bold content and indie filmmaking sensibilities. My hope is that this acquisition stands as a testament to their continued bravery in ushering in unique voices.
Nanny Comes From High Praise From Sundance
Nanny debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it found its distributors. The film’s director, Nikyatu Jusu earned the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize for her work in the film at Sundance. Joining Blumhouse and Prime Video in the production of Nanny are Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Nikkia Moulterie (Stay Gold Pictures). Maria Zuckerman (Topic Studios) and Grace Lay & Sumalee Montano (LinLay Productions) also join as executive producers.
Besides Anna Diop, Nanny also stars Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Spector, Sinqua Walls, Rose Decker, Leslie Uggams, and Zephani Idoko. Nanny is scheduled to release on November 23. The film will be made available to stream on Prime Video on December 16.
The film’s official synopsis reads:
In this psychological fable of horror, Aisha (Anna Diop), a woman who recently emigrated from Senegal, is hired to care for the daughter of an affluent couple (Michelle Monaghan and Morgan Spector) living in New York City. Haunted by the absence of the young son she left behind, Aisha hopes her new job will afford her the chance to bring him to the U.S., but becomes increasingly unsettled by the family’s volatile home life. As his arrival approaches, a violent presence begins to invade both her dreams and her reality, threatening the American dream she is painstakingly piecing together.