Movie #302 2020: The Babysitter (2017)

I’ll warn you now: there’s a lot of horror coming up on TQR. October is Pumpkin Spice Latte Season a.k.a. Halloween, after all, and I made it my mission to watch as many new horror movies as possible throughout the month and am only just catching up now! So you’ll have to excuse me whilst the reviews here are saturated by serial killers and possessed dolls for a while…

The Babysitter stars Samara Weaving in the titular role, playing the babysitter of Judah Lewis‘ Cole. Cole is unashamedly in love with the older woman, and he strongly believes they are the best of friends. One evening, Cole stays awake in his room to find out what The Babysitter really gets up to after he’s gone to bed. What he sees after that is indescribable, and it turns out that she and her friends have banded together to form a cult of demon worship.

A quirky, bubble-gum teen horror comedy in every sense of the word. It’s difficult to figure out where this movie is headed for the first 20 minutes or so, but after that it’s pretty fun. 

McG finds that comic book style of cinematography in a similar fashion to the way he shot his Charlie’s Angels movies, and while it’s not exactly classical or award-worthy, it’s not supposed to be. All this with the fun pop art graphics over the top and you get a pretty entertaining movie, and just because this isn’t ‘classic’ bourgeoisie Hollywood it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it.

It’s clear that there’s a lot of inspiration from other movies within The Babysitter, with Scream and Home Alone being the two major ones. As previously suggested, it doesn’t take itself seriously, and honestly it’s refreshing to see that in films sometimes. 

In regards to its stars, Samara Weaving is charismatic enough to carry this movie, but anyone who’s seen Ready Or Not already knows that. If Bella Thorne wasn’t a thing, I’d say this was a pretty decent cast! Sadly, she drags it down a little performance-wise and was clearly only there as a “big name” to draw in more viewers from the Disney Channel.

Don’t get me wrong, the plot gets stretched within an inch of its life towards the end and the script isn’t exactly anything noteworthy barring a couple of really funny lines every now and then.

However, this was a decent start to my October horror watch fest, especially because I wasn’t expecting too much from it! It’s fun, ridiculous, and not winning any awards. And that’s okay.

The Babysitter is available to stream on Netflix in the UK.

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