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Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The, Peyton Flanders (Rebecca De Mornay)

Site Rating: 73%
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Writeup Rating: 100%
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Film: Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The (1992)
Deceased Character: Peyton Flanders (Rebecca De Mornay)
Archetype: Baddy (Major)
Killed by: Claire Bartel (Anabella Sciorra)
Killed with: Fence Post

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 21st Aug 2006

Kindly submitted by A Alcott

The Bartel Family has just discovered that their au pair Peyton Flanders is no au pair but the vengeful wife of the scumbag gynaecologist that abused Claire! Angry, the Bartel family sends this psycho out of their house and takes the keys from her. But Peyton says "I'll take my baby and go" just before she leaves the house meaning there's trouble ahead.

Of course, Peyton, being the mentally-unbalanced, criminally insane, delusioned case that she is would not be shut out that easily. Still on their guard, Michael (Claire's husband) goes down to investigate Peyton's room when the alarm clock goes off startling him. What he does not notice though it that Peyton has managed to get back in the house but as he starts back up the stairs, Peyton peeks her head in the door and whacks him with a shovel. He falls off the stairs and breaks his legs.

Claire, finding her husband, realizes Peyton's is in the house and has the kids hide upstairs while she calls 911. But Peyton sees her walking across to the kitchen and she attempt to beat her to death with a poker which she is well on the way to doing when Claire starts to have another asthma attack and retreats up the stairs.

Peyton's insanity level is rising to a bloodthirsty rage as she charges after Claire who disappears into the corridors when she hears the cry of the baby. Scary lady that she is, she wants to kidnap the child but when she opens the closet door where the noise was coming from, the baby monitor is there instead.

While she is distracted, Solomon rescues the kids and takes them to the attic, which Peyton witnesses and she begins to give chase. Claire runs up to the kids in oreder to protect them. As she tries to defend them from Peyton, Claire once again has a severe asthma attack, at which point Peyton delivers the bone-chilling line to her:

"When your husband makes love to you, it's MY face he sees. When your baby's hungry, it's MY breast that feeds him. Look at you! When push comes to shove... you can't even breathe!"

Peyton yells at Solomon to hand over the baby and, though he is mentally challenged, he refuses to let this creep take the Bartel's baby away. Peyton begins to beat him with a crowbar to coax him to hand over the child but Solomon is steadfast. At this point, we notice Claire was pretending to have an asthma attack in order to make Peyton think she was not unable to fight. As Peyton turns her attention away from Claire to Solomon, Claire, with a burst of adrenaline, pushes the bitch queen out the window, where she falls to her death. However, considering the amount of peril she had inflicted on this family over the course of the film, simply falling out of the window would not suffice, and so, for added gore, the scriptwriters impale Peyton on the fence.

The reason I have listed this death as ironic is, at the beginning of the movie, Solomon asks Claire why she wants to build the fence, to keep things in or to keep people out. Claire responds with the latter, so the fence kept out one of the most crazy villainesses in cinema history, although the death was a bit disappointing as all of these categories should have applied to Peyton's death!

4 categories : Impalement, Ironic, Unsatisfying, Falling

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Comment 1 by 'commanderblue' (reply to this comment)
I didn't find it that unsatisfying. It matched quite well.
Comment 2 by 'Master Quaver' (reply to this comment)
I agree - how is this unsatisfying? You obviously can't have a death scene that involves every category on this database, so as villain deaths go, I'd say this is a pretty cool one!