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The Babysitter (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
McG

Starring:
Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee, Bella Thorne, Andrew Bachelor

Other notable appearances:
Leslie Bibb, Ken Marino

Running time:
85 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Home Alone with a lot more blood, Scream, The Craft

 

Cole (Lewis) is the only kid his age who still has a babysitter. Once his peers see Bee (Weaving) though, they stop picking on him. Cole is told what babysitters usually get up to after their charges go to sleep and decides to stay up to see for himself. What he finds Bee up to though is far more insidious than making out with her boyfriend.

The Babysitter is a horror comedy that pokes fun at the genre but still maintains some integrity with loads of gore and a few WTF moments.

Bee and her friends are a great play on the tropes often found in teen slasher flicks. While Cole plays the voice of the viewer with questions like “Why isn’t he wearing a shirt?” when the jock is suddenly topless. This provides an interesting angle and gives Cole an extra layer of intelligence that is not always afforded to horror movie protagonists — especially in horror comedies.

The acting in The Babysitter is actually passable. It’s a bit cheesy in places, but overall it’s not too overdone or hammy. … Why are so many acting descriptors based around food?

The characters in The Babysitter are mostly two-dimensional, but they are all likeable in their own ways. Even if those ways are “I like to hate them”.

I highly recommend The Babysitter to anyone who enjoys horror films with many laughs and plenty of blood.

Rating:

“No one learns anything in class, Cole. That’s why we have the internet.”

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