31 Days Of Horror: Netflix Original “The Babysitter”

 

 
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Posted October 14, 2017 by

 
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Cole (Judah Lewis) isn’t exactly enjoying his formative years. He is picked on constantly at school, and his parents still hire a babysitter to watch him… how could things get any worse. That is except for the fact that his babysitter is gorgeous, cool, insanely fun, and relates to his geeky tendencies. Blonde bombshell Bee (Samara Weaving) is basically every teenage kid’s fantasy. There is just one thing about beautiful Bee that bothers Cole. After she puts him to bed for the night, she gets up to some weird, satanic stuff.

Highly stylized, but also funny, sexy, and good ol’ bloody “The Babysitter” hits all the right notes for Netflix. Neither horror nor comedy have been Netflix’s strong suits, when it comes to their original movies, but here they have struck gold just in time for the Halloween season. The characters are fun (especially Weaving as Bee and Bella Thorne as sexy cheerleader Allison), and are given plenty of campy, over-the-top dialogue that had me grinning the entire time.

I feel like to say much more about the plot would be to ruin some of the surprises, that made it such a fun watch for me. It is a nice break from the norm for director McG, who will hopefully see a new course being set for his career. His talent as a filmmaker has never been in question, but “The Babysitter” marks the first time that he has come through with a tonally pitch-perfect, original movie. Credit should also be given to writer Brian Duffield who’s screenplay is tight and, although some of the early dialogue teeters on the edge of absurdity, becomes one of the movie’s strong points for the final two acts.

“The Babysitter” is everything you could want in an October horror flick. It has all of the elements to become a classic, and will probably launch its two lead actors into stardom. If you haven’t watched it, you should tonight.


MikeD

 


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