The auteur behind unsettling tales like The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable, and The Visit now brings us into the home of one distraught family and one new nanny who seems to hold a lot of secrets behind those big eyes.
The trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Servant reveals a major plot point of the show.
Until now, it was unclear just what Servant would be about. According to Birth.Movies.Death, the show's official synopsis reads, "The series follows parents Dorothy and Sean Turner, who have hired young nanny Leanne to help care for their newborn child. As time goes on, it becomes clear that things are not quite as they seem."
There is no shortage of "crazy nanny" horror stories out there, but once you watch the trailer, you quickly become aware of how this one is different. Early on in the trailer, it is revealed that Dorothy and Sean lost their son when he was 13 weeks old. The way that Dorothy has coped with the loss is to care for a doll she calls Jericho. That's right; the baby isn't real. It is a fake baby. Made of rubber. Yes, the doll is creepy-looking. Yes, it contributes to the horror of it all.
It's clear that all is not quite right with the Turner family, but Leanne the babysitter also seems to be causing her fair share of spookiness, and we're not entirely sure what is going on here. Guess you will just have to subscribe to Apple TV Plus to find out.
Servant stars Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as Dorothy, Toby Kebbell (Black Mirror) as Sean, Nell Tiger Free (Game of Thrones) as Leanne, and even Rupert Grint in one of only a few post-Harry Potter roles. Lauren Ambrose looks like she gives an intense performance as a grieving mother just trying to cope. And Nell Tiger Free is appropriately dead-eyed and creepy.
When does Servant come out?
Servent debuts on Apple TV Plus on Nov. 28, so while you're lying on the couch recovering from eating pounds of turkey and mashed potatoes, you might want to turn it on and give yourself a good fright. The first season has 10 30-minute episodes, and if we have learned anything from other M. Night Shyamalan projects, we should know that there's probably more going on in Servant than meets the eye.
I wasn't sure that I wanted to subscribe to Apple TV Plus, but this trailer definitely intrigued me. There is something so unsettling about a world in which you don't know who the sane one is and who the crazy one is... or if there is a sane one at all.