Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead may be one of the more memorable films of my early teens years, but that’s because I watched a selection of very average movies during that time in my life. I like to claim that I didn’t know any better. I should have, but I didn’t. The fact is that while fun, Don’t Tell Mom wasn’t exactly the pinnacle of early-90s cinema, if there is such a thing.
Still, that won’t stop someone in Hollywood from drudging it up, rewriting it for today’s vampire-obsessed teen audience and repackaging it in 3D (it has nothing to do with vampires, I know). According to Pajiba, producer Mark Gordon is developing the project as family fair.
For those who don’t quite remember, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead follows three siblings who are left with an elderly babysitter, only to have her die. Now they are alone for an entire summer and must fend for themselves. Led by their eldest sister (Christina Applegate), they survive, but not without a significant amount of shenanigans.
Not to sound like a broken record, but on the surface this is a dumb idea. If given the right creative vision and put in the hands of a director with a genuine interest in making something fresh out of it, sure, it might work. But the likelihood of that happening is slim.
For your viewing pleasure, here’s a little taste of the old medicine: