The Babysitter is a fun horror movie that isn’t too big on the gore but is a clever film that is a fun watch.
The Babysitter follows a lonely, 12-year-old Cole Johnson (Judah Lewis) who falls in love with his hot babysitter only to discover that she’s part of a satanic cult that wants to kill him. Cole, who is afraid of everything, is likely the only kid left in his class that still has a babysitter. He even admits that but then says that other kids are jealous of him when they see her. Bee (Samara Weaving) and Cole have a great bond and Cole often sees Bee as more of a friend than a babysitter. It’s a fact that makes the twist in this horror film all the more impactful to Cole.
After Cole’s friend, neighbour, and schoolmate Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind) asks him if he’s ever stayed up to see what Bee does after he goes to sleep, Cole does just that. Only he finds that Bee has an unexpected darker side.
Bee has invited a few people (Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Andrew Bachelor, Hana Mae Lee) to the house and has started a game of ‘spin the bottle’ with the quintet of house guests. The game takes a turn quickly as Bee plunges a pair of daggers into the skull of one of the guests and the rest of the group begins to collect the gushing blood into goblets.
What the F***? Yeah, you’re right.
The movie actually breaks a little bit of the fourth wall as these words come up on the screen, giving the audience the exact question that Cole is no doubt thinking at that exact moment. That is then echoed when he hears them talk about how they’re going to go get some of his blood next to complete a demonic ritual.
What results is a frantic and often comedic rest of the film with Cole trying to get away from the murderous group while dispatching them one by one. If you think that this has some horror movie shades of Home Alone, the movie knows that too and one of the characters who chases Cole up the stairs at one point says just that. Well, that is before the character trips on a toy left in the hallway and falls down the stairs. Spoiler alert – he falls down and doesn’t get up.
For the most part the film is a pretty by the numbers chase-based horror film, but the film has less gore than more adult skewing films. With the protagonist taking the form of a 12-year-old, the horror factor is slightly lowered with the deaths more bigger and cheesier and than horrific.
All in all The Babysitter was a fun ride. It’s not going to be in anyone’s top ten list of thrillers, but it was a solid and fun movie.
I liked it!
Watch on Netflix.