Saturday, November 25, 2017

Don't Watch This Alone!: THE BABYSITTER

Welcome to another installment of DON'T WATCH THIS ALONE!, where we review the best, the worst, and everything in between in the world of horror. This week we review a brand new addition to the horror genre, THE BABYSITTER. 

I found this new horror film while browsing through Netflix recently. When I watched the first few scenes, I thought it was going to be a rip-off of many other horror films I've seen in the past. And even though, it did contain certain cliches that are specific to the horror genre (ie. hot babysitter, innocent boy that gets picked on), the director, Joseph McGinty Nichol, took these cliches and turned them into something deliciously twisted.

The plot is pretty straightforward, 12- year old Cole gets teased by bullies and gets rescued by his hot babysitter, Bee.  Cole's parents go out of town for the weekend and he's excited because Bee will be watching him the whole time. But, she's not what Cole thinks she is.

A great scene that introduces the audience to Cole and Bee is when she confronts his bullies. Cole is walking home from school and some of his classmates start taunting him. Bee sees this and threatens them. Of course, they run away. After watching this scene, the audience is left with the impression that Bee is a great babysitter. However, first impressions are not always accurate.

I enjoyed how the role of the babysitter was not as a victim as in many horror films I've viewed. On the outside, Bee looks like the perfect babysitter. She's young, fun and pretty. However, Cole gets the surprise of his young life when he finds out what she really is. Bee is definitely not the victim of this cat and mouse game.

Another scene that stood out to me was when Cole snuck out of out his room to spy on Bee and her friends. At first, it looks like they are playing spin the bottle. However, it ends with a guy getting two knives plunged into his head. I was caught off guard by that scene because it was not what I expected to happen. It's an important turning point in the film because Cole sees the true Bee and not the facade she's been hiding behind.

This film contained great young actors, especially Judah Lewis as Cole and Samara Weaving as Bee. They had great chemistry and worked well together onscreen. I know I'll see more of their work in the future.

The Babysitter received a 71% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Some reviews classified it as horror and comedy. I do see that because there were definitely some funny moments in the film, ie. Cole stealing his neighbor's car.

The Babysitter had some great young actors in its cast. The babysitter not being the typical victim was actually refreshing to watch. If you are looking for something different, then give this film a try.

Lisa's Score: 8/10

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