Noob Reviews: The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)
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: Killer Queen about?
Continuing on from the 2017 film The Babysitter (which we reviewed here) we join Cole two years on after his first encounter with Bee’s cult.
Having survived from his first run-in with the cult. Cole is now a junior in high school but a young man on the edge. No one has believed his version of events, no evidence was found, and Bees body had disappeared. Risking been seen to a psychiatric facility by his parents, to help him deal with his perceived mental instability - Cole decides to rebel and for the first time, ditches school to go to a lake party.
At first, what seems to be a fantastic social outing full of alcohol, music and making new friends. Soon sees Cole once again coming face to face not only with some of the cult of the past (Max, John, Sonya and Allison) but also its latest members (Jimmy, Diego and supposed best friend, Melanie). Who just as before, need his blood as part of a blood rite to appease the devil. And be granted their wildest dreams.
As a slight twist that we did not have in the first film, Cole is this time joined by a new transfer student named Phoebe in his battle against the cult. And Bee is not performing the ritual. But, that does not mean, she is not the puppeteer pulling strings from behind the scenes.
What genre would you say the film fits into?
Just like The Babysitter, I would say that The Babysitter: Killer Queen is definitely a black comedy.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s official YouTube channel -
You can also find the listing on Netflix here.
When was the film released?
The Babysitter: Killer Queen was released as a Netflix original in September this year (2020).
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Carl McDowell (Dr Big Carl McManus)
Chris Wylde (Juan)
Emily Alyn Lind (Melanie)
Jenna Ortega (Phoebe)
Ken Marino (Archie)
Leslie Bibb (Phyliss)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of The Babysitter: Killer Queen?
Admittedly when a follow up to the 2017 film The Babysitter was announced I was very excited, not only did we have a return of some of the original cast, that we could see in the trailer. But we had the next generation of devil-worshipping blood rite enthusiasts too which gave the film so much possibility to expand and grow. However, what could have been a fantastic follow up was really disappointing.
I was thrilled to see a return of some of the original cast as I said, with Robbie Amell (Max), Andrew Bachelor (John) and the school nurse (Carl McDowell) all returning - even if the school nurse is also now the school counsellor. Who approaches student’s problems with ‘alternative’ methods of therapy. However, they had little screen time for the most part, and even more annoying characters were added into the film. It seemed like they removed the quality and threw away a formula that had worked so well previously. The return of Chris Wylde (Juan), aka Melanie’s dad, could have been skipped. And the new cult members Diego, Jimmy and their friend Boom Boom was just pointless. They were what I would call stereotypical morons - no independent thought. Overly boisterous. And when push came to shove, they tried to run away having not grasped what they had signed up for in its entirety. Even for film purposes, it was hard to actually take their roles seriously. For me, it just ruined quite a large portion of the film as Killer Queen heavily leans more into the comedy than the horror side but this time around does a lousy job of doing so.
In addition to the above, Melanie has now become the leader of the newest cult members and is just meh. Not really a character with any depth, no one I was particularly interested in and just failed to wow me in the way Bee did. Bee was a cult leader who stepped up, took charge and got her hands dirty. We do manage to get a little bit of screen time with Bee (Samara Weaving) but again, just like the rest of the original cast it is a small amount. And was too much for Emily Alyn Lind to compare to.
When it comes to the casting, there was too much emphasis on change, too much emphasis on the new cult and they just failed to deliver so severely. Had the mix of new and old cult members been handled better, it would have probably helped.
With regards to the story, it was again a simple one, taken from many other films in which the cult fails the first time. Cult comes back for revenge. Cult gets defeated. There was no wow factor and unlike the first film, nothing to really stamp the story with its own style of doing things.
Although there are some great moments in the film, such as Cole coming face to face with the combined cults for the first time. Cole becoming close to Phoebe. Juan getting hacked into bits. And finding out who… Or more what Bee really is… The moments were too few and far between to save the film.
If asked if I would recommend the film, I wouldn’t. But if you really do want to check it out, do so with the caveat that it is nowhere as good as the first film. Although some people may like it because of the increased humour. Or the fact it is a follow-up. Just be warned it is about thirty minutes too long in my opinion with way too much filler dialogue in. There are definitely a lot better comedy horrors out there and if you have seen The Babysitter - you have seen the best part of this franchise (to date). You are not missing anything if you skip Killer Queen.
Should a third Babysitter film be made, I hope they return to their original formula with a balance of humour and horror. Pad the characters out with a personality and give them a moderate level of depth (minimum) like they did before. I really tried to love Killer Queen but in the end it just lacklustre and had nothing compared to the energy and vibes of the original.
What rating would you give The Babysitter: Killer Queen?
I would rate The Babysitter: Killer Queen a 3 out of 5 bananas.
Sluggish, tedious and addled are just some of the ways I would describe the new film’s story, casting and character arcs. Nowhere near as good as the first film and had me bored from about halfway through to the end - the only reason I watched it through to the end was for the review. Admittedly there are some good moments, but not nearly enough to waste almost two hours watching.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in The Babysitter: Killer Queen 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.