Noob Reviews: The Babysitter (2017)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is The Babysitter about?
The Babysitter revolves around a hysterical mix of the occult and pre-teen life as Cole, a fourteen-year-old student, stays awake one night to spy on his babysitter Bee after his parents leave for the weekend. After talking to his best friend Melanie, Cole is convinced Bee is having sordid orgies after he goes to bed. Unfortunately, that would have been a better outcome than discovering Bee and the friends she invites over are instead a cult who are into satanic blood rites which involves not only the blood of a human sacrifice - but also the blood of an innocent. Unfortunately his blood.
After a call to the police for help, ends in the murder of two police officers, it is up to Cole and Cole alone to fight the cult not only for his survival. But to stop them going after other children in the future and continuing their rites elsewhere. However, with their dreams on the line, whether they are gifted to them by the devil or not. Bee and her friends will not let Cole deny them so easily.
What genre would you say The Babysitter fits into?
I would one hundred per cent say that The Babysitter is a solid black comedy. It has a dark sense of humour that is very morbid at times, and just downright evil but smirk inducing at others.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Zero Media’s YouTube channel -
You can also find the listing on Netflix here.
When was the film released?
The Babysitter was released as a Netflix original in October 2017.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Andrew Bachelor (John)
Bella Thorne (Allison)
Hana Mae Lee (Sonya)
Judah Lewis (Cole)
Robbie Amell (Max)
Samara Weaving (Bee)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of The Babysitter?
When watching the trailer for The Babysitter, I could tell from the off it was not going to be a unique story, nor was it going to be overly complicated or in-depth. In fact, it is a new take on an existing horror storyline that has been moderately used before, just with an injection of humour, but this is not a bad thing. The Babysitter may not be the best of the comedy-horror genre, but I would definitely say it would be up there with films the like of Scary Movie and Tucker and Dale Versus Evil - which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Casting wise, I thoroughly loved some of the characters and was really invested in both their goals and how their arcs played out - for example, Bee, Max, Cole and John. The comedic timing and 'diplomatic' stylings of the school nurse are also worth a mention, but admittedly the nurse only appears for a short amount of time. On the flip side, some characters were dull and overall unnecessary, for example, Chris Wylde as Melanie's dad. Boring. Overplayed stereotypes and no screen presence. Jeremy, Cole's bully, was also nothing special neither was Cole's father who if anything played the character overly dense and dull. With a few tweaks, the casting and delivery could have been a lot better, but they did well with what they had.
Overall I think the film plays out well, how Cole confronts his attackers is well executed with equal amounts of horror and comedy. Bee (Samara Weaving) is very calm cool and collected even when the cult is discovered. And I have found myself watching the film several times since it was initially released and thought it would be perfect to have a look at as a second film, entitled The Babysitter: Killer Queen, was released on Netflix last week. Which we will be reviewing very shortly.
With regards to suggestions, if you are are a fan of black comedy/comedy-horror, this would be a great watch. Equally, because of the way the scenes play, there are a few graphic moments but nothing overly gory, so even non-horror fans may enjoy this as a quick eighty-odd minute watch.
What rating would you give The Babysitter?
I would rate The Babysitter as a 4.5 out of 5 bananas.
The Babysitter is an effortless watch perfect for comedy-horror fans and chill Netflix sessions alike. Although it is not perfect, it definitely is not the worse title in the comedy-horror genre and has a unique delivery style that just brings you back to watch it time after time.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in The Babysitter and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out here if you have a Netflix subscription.