Before you delve into this review, be sure to take a look at the rest of the Halloween marathon!
When it comes to Netflix, it can be a real hit or miss game. But if there’s one thing that’s simply an irrefutable fact it is that Netflix creates the most original content year to year. From the brilliant stand-up specials and true crime series to the mix of original movies that promise either the best films of the year or the worst. But some slip under the radar and there’s no more perfect example of that than The Babysitter.
Released on the gargantuan streaming platform in October 2017, it came and went, almost immediately cementing itself as a cult classic rather than a fan favourite.
It takes the familiar babysitter trope (found more in scary stories than scary movies) and completely turns it on its head. Whereas Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode protected Tommy Doyle and Lindsey Wallace, Samara Weaving’s Bee was trying to murder Cole Johnson. A situation that comes about when Cole stays up past his bedtime under the assumption that Bee would have a boyfriend over to ‘do it’. Instead he’s shocked to find that she’s brought a group of teens over for a satanic ritual. A ritual that requires blood of the innocent. Cole’s blood.
Not only does the inclusion of the archetypal babysitter make for a more shocking reveal when it comes, but Bee’s babysitter character is so archetypyed that it sets up how over-the-top the rest of the film will be from then on. And it’s that exaggerated writing that really makes the film as entertaining as it is. It’s a parody of its own genre allowing for some truly excellent moments in which traditions are turned on their head in the most hilarious fashion. As for the rest of the film, director McG manages to keep up with himself, managing to make the gore and kills just as over-the-top as the humour.
As for the characters, they’re all written extremely well. The killers are extremely one note to poke fun at the characters (or lack thereof) that tend to come from horror movies. Both Bee and Cole have multiple layers, layers that both actors portraying the roles bring to life with excellent performances.
The Babysitter does a fantastic job of mixing both horror and comedy, two genres that are extremely hard to do respectively, let alone together – it’s a perfect cocktail of a genre movie!
Rating = 4/5 flicks