Servant trailer looks creepier than a fake baby everyone pretends is real

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There's nothing creepy about a nanny cradling a fake baby, right?
There's nothing creepy about a nanny cradling a fake baby, right?
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The first full trailer for Servant, M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming Apple TV+ show, kicks the nightmare nanny storyline up a notch. This twisted-looking series — with its tagline, “Doubt what you believe” — looks creepy as can be.

The frightening fake baby isn’t a Shyamalan-style twist. And the mysterious woman hired to take care of the doll might not be as weird as the family she works for. This one looks interesting!

Apple released the Servant trailer Wednesday via its TV app, giving us a much longer look at Shyamalan’s series, which debuts later this month. A trailer’s just a trailer — almost anything can look good when sliced, diced and perfectly packaged — but this one brims with style and sinister vibes.

It’s not on YouTube yet, but you can stream it in the TV app on any of your Apple devices. Or you can watch it on Twitter:

Servant trailer: All about the fake baby?

In the Servant trailer, we see nanny candidate Leanne Grayson (played by Game of Thrones’ Nell Tiger Free) showing up at the home of parents looking for help caring for their fake baby. Of course, a fake baby doesn’t really need actual care. (Or does it? This one could certainly use a good hair-brushing.)

Perhaps predictably, the new nanny forms a bond with the hair-raising fake baby. Disturbed dad Sean Turner (Toby Kebbell) thinks there might be something a little off about the nanny. But possibly deranged mom Dorothy Turner (Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose) is totally fine with the oddball nanny.

“She is wonderful with Jericho” — that’s the fake baby’s name — says Dorothy. “And if my baby trusts her, so do I.”

Throughout the two-minute trailer, the family’s troubled history after losing their real baby (and replacing it with the fake one) simmers in the background. And other people clearly know about the fake baby and play along with the ruse.

“She knows the situation,” says a grim-faced Julian Pearce (Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint).

I can already hear the haters saying Servant’s story sounds mighty familiar. Some plot elements obviously recall previous efforts like fake-baby flick The Boy and nightmare nanny classic The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. However, I wouldn’t rush to write this off as a horror rehash. Shyamalan knows how to cultivate a creepy ambience — and hit viewers with shocking surprises.

I’ll definitely be streaming this one as soon as it lands later this month. Servant streams on Apple TV+ starting Nov. 28.

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