Writer: Brian Duffield
Starring: Samara Weaving, Judah Lewis, Hana Mae Lee, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne
The Babysitter is a horror comedy, directed by McG and written by Brian Duffield, that was released on Netflix in 2017. Judah Lewis stars as Cole, a twelve year old who is bullied by his classmates for still having a babysitter, Bee (Samara Weaving). One night Cole secretly stays up and finds out that Bee and her friends are satanists. He witnesses the group sacrifice someone and then they turn on him as he tries to escape.
For the first half an hour or so of The Babysitter there’s no signs that things are going to get bloody. It’s essentially just Cole and Bee hanging out, watching films, eating pizza, and deciding on the best sci-fi team ups to destroy the big bad. It feels very much like a coming-of-age comedy, and then everything changes in an instant when Cole sneaks downstairs in the middle of the night and finds Bee stabbing someone in the head and collecting his blood in goblets with her friends, as part of a satanic ritual.
From that point onwards there’s a lot of blood, and a lot of death. The deaths come quick with police showing up and the satanists making quick work on them. The effects are decent, and there’s some eye-wincing moments, but it’s not overly gory. The horrible looking spiders in the crawlspace under the house are probably the most chilling part of the film. The violence is over-the-top and goody, and funny to watch. It goes full-on Home Alone at moments as Cole runs around the house, tripping his pursuers over with toys left around on the floor, and using fireworks to take out them out. Weirdly, for a film about satanists, there’s nothing quite satanic about it beyond the initial ritual. It’s closer to a home invasion film, with next to nothing being supernatural about it.
It’s all light-hearted fun to watch, with nothing coming close to being scary throughout its eighty-minute runtime. It does have a lot of funny moments, with good slapstick and referential humour, but at the same time none of the jokes are that memorable. Samara Weaving is fantastic, as always, and the rest of the cast are good as well. Overall, The Babysitter is a good comedy. It did well enough to get a sequel in 2020 with McG hoping for a third film as well.
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You are right on the mark about this movie. There wasn’t a lot of memorable things about it, but the slapstick, home alone style comedy had me laughing out loud more than once and I found it highly entertaining. It was so over the top and made no apologies and that let it be a lot of fun. The second one I tried watching a few times but kept turning it off, a shame after the hour and a half of entertainment this one provided.
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Thank you. Definitely a good film to pass the time. I did watch the second one as well and while I laughed more it just made no sense
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