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[Review] Bloody ‘The Babysitter’ Fails to Deliver On Its Promise; Samara Weaving is Transcendent

[Review] Bloody ‘The Babysitter’ Fails to Deliver On Its Promise; Samara Weaving is Transcendent

Netflix has given you two options this past Friday the 13th, and your best bet is to watch David Fincher’s incredible “Mindhunter” series over McG‘s absurd slasher The Babysitter.

Originally a New Line Cinema production, The Babysitter follows Cole (Judah Lewis), who is madly in love with his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving). She’s cool and awesome in all the ways Cole is not. One evening while Bee is babysitting, Cole witnesses the unthinkable. Now he must survive a night full of first kisses, first broken hearts, and first encounters with homicidal maniacs (played by Bella Thorne, Andrew Bachelor, Robbie Amell, and Hana Mae Lee). –Netflix

This on-the-nose coming-of-age slasher is a buffet of gore that’s plagued by an inconsistent tone. Always trying too hard to be hip and cool (boasting a ridiculous soundtrack that would make a ’90s horror film jealous), McG turns Brian Duffield‘s Blacklist screenplay into a bad dad joke (with handjobs and all) that’s in the middle of a midlife crisis. It’s a bummer, too, because the chemistry between Lewis and Weaving in the first half of the film is dynamite.

Speaking of, Weaving’s performance dominates the first half of the film (she also steals the show in Joe Lynch’s Mayhem). She’s transcendent and could carry any film on her shoulders…only McG instead opts to turn the camera towards her unbearable knucklehead “Scooby-Doo” friends who bloat the second half of the film with a tiresome game of cat-and-mouse that’s dreadfully boring.

Even worse, The Babysitter looks like shit. McG comes from a music video background and that’s exactly what is on the screen – everything looks stage-y, with the empty streets lit up like a studio backlot where they would film “Desperate Housewives”.

The Babysitter also fails to deliver on its promise: the babysitter is somehow in possession of the book of the devil and it’s never used. In fact, you could completely remove the cult/satanic subplot from the film and nothing would change. Taking that one step further, removing everyone but the babysitter and child would have made for a way more entertaining movie.

As confused and sloppy as The Babysitter is, at least it’s astonishingly bloody. If anything, it’s a good primer for the far superior Better Watch Out, out now through Well Go USA.



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COMMENTS

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  • Munchie Strikes Back

    It was ok, I laughed a few times at first but it settled into formula pretty quickly. Samara Weaving looks like a bug.

    • Saturn

      I’d happily squash that bug.
      And when I say squash I mean…..well, you know……

      • J Jett

        i’m gay and even I thought Weaving is gorgeous! 🙂

        • Saturn

          You’re damn right, J!

    • david

      I’m with you Munchie. It wasn’t utter dog shit, but there wasn’t anything great about the movie either.

    • lonestarr357

      I think she looks like Margot Robbie. Schwing!

      • Munchie Strikes Back

        Margot is gorgeous. Samara, to me at least, has stained buck teeth and her eyes are too close together. Can’t argue about her body though, I guess.

  • DoopGremlin

    I have to diagree. Seems like an excuse to hate on McG then to actually review the film fairly.
    Some of the directing choices are a little too twee and precious (damn title cards) and a line here and there is cringey…but the film is overall very funny, slick, gory and charming. It also has heart.

  • Eastman420

    Thought it was awesome!!!

  • Rofair

    How was the devil book a promise? The movie is called The Babysitter….she’s a babysitter. Sounds like the movie lives up to its name to me. The book was just a reason for why she was murdering people, it didn’t need to be used. I’m actually glad that it wasn’t used. I didn’t want some CGI demon or reality altering wish taking over the end of the film. The film was about the relationship between Cole and Bee. Both actors did a great job and I liked the film. It was fun and didn’t try to take itself too seriously. Plus it reminded me of a horror version of Home Alone. This review seems like it’s trying to list reasons why you don’t like McG more than the actual movie.

    • J Jett

      Rafair, exactly! i don’t know where Brad got the idea that the film had promised that the devil book would be focused on/used.

  • MeeGhoulz

    McG usually sucks. But this particular take on slasher/home invasion movie as satire is really fun. I understand the negative points the reviewer brought up, but for me it adds to the funny approach… Well, watch and come to your own conclusions.

    • Reason

      I thought it was awesome! Fun times had.

      • MeeGhoulz

        You all heard? Listen to Reason!

      • J Jett

        Reason, i agree w/ you!

  • DJV1985

    Sorry but once again another Bloody Disgusting review that they got wrong. The Babysitter was an enjoyable film. Have no idea what you were expecting from the film. It was funny and entertaining and I predict it’ll become a cult film in a few years.

    • MeeGhoulz

      Hopefully it will spawn some sequels…

      • Saturn

        Yeah, I’d like to see an older Cole going after the book himself – perhaps he believes that it could be used to cure his mum’s inoperable cancer, so he decides that he’s doing it for the best, not realising that it’s the influence of the book itself which is making him seek it out, as it senses great untapped potential in him…….

        • MeeGhoulz

          As long as Samara Weaving keeps the main role (as she does not age, influence of the book) ,she’s gorgeous!

      • Travis_Bickle

        How exactly? They burn the one of a kind book and kill everyone else.

        • MeeGhoulz

          With some creativity and ,most importantly, sense of humor. If they try and take things seriously, I’m out!

        • david

          Watch out Travis. you might get crucified for not warning people of spoiler alerts.

          • Travis_Bickle

            I am saving them 85 minutes. It’s a public service to spoil garbage movies.

          • david

            I agree man. You’d be doing them a huge favor.

          • Saturn

            Don’t be a douche

        • Saturn

          It’s the Devil’s Bible, or something, you reckon flames are going to permanently be a problem for it’s PURE EVIL!!???!!!
          Remember in The Evil Dead how Ash *****(Just in case there are those out there who haven’t seen it)******* burned the book, but they got around it with extra pages being found in the sequel?
          If it’s successful enough they can find a way for a sequel.
          And yeah, I know The Evil Dead is an old movie, but no doubt there are always newbie horror fans who are discovering it for the first time.

          • Travis_Bickle

            if the book can’t be burned, why did she freak out so bad when he lit the thing? I would have laughed an called him a clown dick. Satanic books are not all created equal.

            Also…Evil Dead 2 is a parody of the first movie. That’s why the book is intact. It ignored the events of the first film.

          • Saturn

            The book isn’t intact in Evil Dead 2 – they only have a few pages that were found at a later date.
            ED2 did NOT ignore the events of the original movie – all they did (due to not having the rights to use footage from the original) was quickly go over the events of the original movie (but only using 2 characters due to budget reasons) leading up to the scene at the end where Ash is attacked – then it picks up in ED2.
            And no – ED 2 is NOT a remake – it’s a direct sequel much the same as Friday The 13th pt 3 is a sequel, and not a remake, to F13th pt 2, even though the design of Jason drastically changed.

            Back to The Babysitter though – maybe the reason she was freaking out is that she didn’t know that the book could survive flames – or, perhaps it could just turn out that it had a sister book that she didn’t know about.

            Like I said, if they want a sequel they can easily go about it.
            Hell, maybe she’s not using the book, but perhaps seeking out some other item that has magikal powers.

          • Travis_Bickle

            TL:DR

          • Saturn

            Your loss!
            😉

      • Simon Allen

        Highly Unlikely for something dumped to VOD .

        • MeeGhoulz

          Sadly, yeah… maybe, there’s a big demand for new content,even vod.

      • DJV1985

        Only if it’s as good as this one. I am hoping they bring the boy back as well, him and Samara were stand outs in the film.

    • Saturn

      I agree – watched it the other night not expecting much and I LOVED it. Kinda reminded me of a cross between Home Alone & Tucker And Dale Vs Evil.
      Not sure what Brad is smoking in regards to the book – it was a major plotpoint of the movie – perhaps the movie was a letdown for him as it’s not a game-changer, nor a possible Venom prequel…..

      • Craig Yeaster

        This website has really lost most of their credibility over the past year. It’s quite sad.

        • Travis_Bickle

          So go post on another site….

          • J Jett

            there ARE still good writers/staff on this site. when this site is just delivering objective horror movie news (without the editorial spin Mr.D/Brad usually includes in all his articles), it’s still a good site to go to, but anyone who’s been coming to this site for years (i’ve been coming here for forever) can see that (thanx mainly to Brad) the site has lost a lot of it’s credibility.

          • Travis_Bickle

            I just get sick of fools being on these boards just to hate on BD

  • Craig Yeaster

    If you had this same movie, but it was directed by Adam Wingard instead of McG it would be 4 or 4.5 skulls from this website. The ONLY reason they didn’t give it a favorable review is due to the director. Recently it seems like there’s some type of agenda in the works with these reviews at BD. There definitely seems to be a bias towards certain directors. It’s a shame because it de-values the credibility of what was once a very reliable website for horror movie reviews. I along with most people thought The Babysitter was a fun, enjoyable movie.

    • Saturn

      Cynical……

    • J Jett

      Craig, well said, i agree 100%. i don’t think it’s the entire staff but it really does seem like Mr. D/Brad fits what you wrote out.

      • Craig Yeaster

        I know. It’s really disappointing. This website used to be my go to place for unbiased reviews and news. That’s no longer the case. Not sure what happened, but something changed.

        • Saturn

          Trump.

          Well, the guy gets the blame for everything else, so……

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      Just judging from the responses i’ve read from several other horror groups i’m a member of, from a very wide variety of people, as well as unanimous agreement from my friends that have seen it i’d say the horror community at large has given it a collective thumbs up. I certainly dug it. It was fun. In fact the only negative review I have read so far is Brads. I’m not saying that that automatically means it’s a good movie just because a lot of people like it, but his opinion def doesn’t reflect the majority

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      I def agree on the bias sentiment on this site. I’ve noticed it. Certain directors and actors seem to be overly harshly critiqued, whereas other actors and directors (some of whom coincidentally agree to do multiple interviews for bloody disgusting *cough* Jonathan Schaech *cough*) seem to be unevenly promoted completely disproportionate to their actual achievements or quality. They seem to be unfairly harsh to anything mainstream, while promoting their buddies low budget efforts like they are major badass blockbusters that everyone is anxiously anticipating. The lack of integrity is a bit bullshit

  • Nefferson Taveira

    This movie was a lot of fun, and Bella Thorne was very entertaining to watch as a shallow cliche cheerleader.

    • J Jett

      Bella was freaking hilarious! “MY BOOB!!”. 🙂

      • Travis_Bickle

        They made the same boob joke 20 times. It got old.

        • Saturn

          Boobs never get old,mate…..

          Well I guess they do sag after a while…..

          • Travis_Bickle

            The same boob joke will sag, and it did

          • Saturn

            Bra-vo!

          • david

            They don’t, but this movie doesn’t bother to show any.

        • david

          Yeah. And you don’t even get to see her boob.

          • Travis_Bickle

            Right!??!?!

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    Wow, that review was quite…bullshit. This movie was a lot of fun. No complaints. Not sure what you were were expecting but Brad, im sorry but do you think it’s possible that you’re getting a bit jaded?

    • Craig Yeaster

      I guess it wasn’t a game changer like Blair Witch.

      • J Jett

        LOL!! exactly! 🙂

      • Travis_Bickle

        New or old Blair Witch? Cuz the new one is trash cans

    • Saturn

      Oi – leave the horror legend that is the Scaechminator out of it.
      He would have made the movie an all time, legendary, horror classic.

      • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

        Guaranteed! Just his name in the title card alone would qualify this as top tier master level

  • Neto Ribeiro

    It looks like Bloody Disgusting do not want to motorboat these or suck The Babysitter’s nipple

    • SD_Scott

      One of the best parts of the movie…

      • Neto Ribeiro

        Indeed!

  • J Jett

    i VERY much liked this movie. it was funny, gory, had interesting villains and a very likable young protagonist.
    -i actually had no problem the different tones in the film (shifting from comedy to horror to comedy/horror). in fact i thought it did a good job at balancing the different tones.

    -the movie IMO did NOT “look like shit”. in fact i thought the cinematography and overall look of the film to be pretty good (some scenes looked great).

    -why was there an expectation that the devil’s book was going to be focused on/used?

    i have 2 other friends who also watched this movie and both of them also really liked it a lot. thankfully THE BABYSITTER helped me (try to) forget the god awful BETTER WATCH OUT. my god that movie was awful.

    • Saturn

      So I should go into BWO without expecting too much?
      That’s sad, as I’m really looking forward to December so I can check it out, alongside Red Christmas.

      • J Jett

        Saturn, you may like BWO and i hope you do like it. i was excited as hell for the film and i avoided watching any trailers/pics/spoilers from it. it started off pretty decently and then it suddenly becomes a different type of movie. it becomes MIND-NUMBINGLY annoying as does every character in the film. the lead protagonist girl was not very likable at all and the boy she’s babysitting (his character) is the MOST irritating character i’ve seen in a movie in years. LOL.

        i was SO fucking pissed by the end of the film. THE BABYSITTER is the far superior film imo.

        • david

          I hear you J Jett. I was really hoping that Better Watch Out was going to be a rated R version of Home Alone, but I was so wrong. It’s a shame because Better Watch Out would’ve been so awesome had it been done right.

          • J Jett

            david, exactly! 🙂

      • david

        If you don’t expect much from Better Watch Out I don’t think you’ll be that disappointed. I saw BWO in August, and The Babysitter on Saturday night, and I hated them both.

    • Barry El Beardo

      I agree. It wasn’t ground breaking or amazing but I had fun watching this film.
      The Gore was OTT but in a fun way and it was just a good way to spend my Friday night 🙂

      • Simon Allen

        I could think of slightly better ways ……. 🙂 .

        • Barry El Beardo

          I’ll grab my overnight bag 😉

          • Saturn

            The one with the scalpels?

          • Barry El Beardo

            You knows it!

    • david

      I hated Better Watch Out, but I also hated the Babysitter. I do think the Babysitter was better than Better Watch Out though.

  • Aaron Braun

    I went into this movie with low expectations as I do with most low budget movies, especially on Netflix. I was completely surprised how actually good this movie was. It got a little corny and cliche at the end with some of the kills….but all in all I liked it….maybe I was just blinded because all the women in it were hot….but if you’re reading this…check it out.

    • Saturn

      Netflix have had a couple of good movies recently, The Babysitter and Little Evil, although not as good, was serviceable enough.

      • J Jett

        Saturn, i agree. i loved THE BABYSITTER and i also enjoyed LITTLE EVIL!

    • MeeGhoulz

      They were hot, nothing wrong with that!

  • Adam Matthews

    i LOVED it

  • Travis_Bickle

    I was super disappointed by this one. They spent a lot of time setting up for the end fight. They kept doing those “hey, remember this” shots where somebody puts a knife in a certain place.

    They also made a point to try and make her the coolest girl ever! “Oh man..she knows about Ripley and quotes the Godfather, oh crap!” Sucked.

    There motives behind sacrificing the first kid don’t make much sense either. I mean the cheerleaders dream is to become a Journalist, why not just go to college for that? Human sacrifice seems a little overboard. It was a solid C, nothing to cheer about .

    Plus if they said the name “Coley” one more time I was going to blow my head off.

    • Saturn

      The whole journalist thing, as I read it, is that she didn’t feel confident enough in her own abilities but felt entitled to do it anyway without really having to put any real effort into it herself.

      • Travis_Bickle

        So…basically saying how nobody wants to work for anything anymore and just expects everything handed to them?

        • Saturn

          Yup – if Romero had directed it people would be claiming it was full of up to date social commentary.

  • Simon Allen

    It’s not so bad and Bella Thorne is the funniest thing in it .
    It really just needed a better director …..i kept thinking Sam Raimi would have done a fine job as he would have got the tone right unlike Mc Nugget or whatever that hacks name is .

    • Saturn

      I agree that Raimi would have been a blast if he’d done it.

      • Simon Allen

        Shame he only make flashy lightshows these days 🙁 .

  • Lard

    This movie tried WAY too hard to be cool. It was all style no substance. The trailer looked really good though, & I do appreciate the gore and cinematography but so much unnecessary titled words on the screen and the main kid made a lot of dumb decisions which led me to turn it off as soon as he decides to confront his babysitter. Just overall a really dumb movie…

    • david

      Exactly Lard. For being such a supposedly smart kid he made some pretty idiotic decisions. Be glad that you didn’t waste your time watching the rest of the movie.

      • Lard

        Nothing against people who had a great time with this, and I get why they enjoyed it, but I couldn’t get past all the plot holes- and she fires a shotgun near the end IN A SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOOD and you’re telling me not one person heard the gun blast….not one?

        • david

          It was full of plot holes. They should’ve at least mentioned that most of the neighbors were going to be out of town that weekend. Like that some of the events that take place in the movie wouldn’t be so far fetched.

          • Saturn

            Indeed – much like John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN which only seemed to have one set of neighbours home when Laurie is fleeing towards the end.

        • Saturn

          Probably used to it due to whiteys love affair with guns….

    • Travis_Bickle

      Take a drink everytime they say Cole or Coley and you will be passed out in the first 10 minutes. Oh…movie sucked too.

      • david

        That would actually be more fun than having to sit through the entire movie.

  • SD_Scott

    Disagree. You knew what you were getting into if you watched the trailer. It delivered perfectly for me. I found the Cabin in the Woods and Dale & Tucker atmosphere super fun.

  • Craig Yeaster

    It will be interesting to see if this website reviews Totem when it comes out in a couple of weeks.

  • david

    Sorry guys, but I’m with Brad. I thought this movie was absolute garbage. Sure there were some really gory parts, and I laughed once or twice, but the movie also had huge plot holes and it wasn’t very good. I probably would’ve given it 2 skulls out of 5.

    • Craig Yeaster

      By the way david is Brad’s other account.

  • Shay Lauderdale

    I was super disappointed in this movie. I mean they introduced that book & the occult plot early on in the movie only to not bring it up or show it again until the last 10 mins. And that was the part that intrerested me the most, other than the relationship between the sitter & the boy (The Sitter disappeared early on to go….. CLEAN THE HOUSE??!!!! And then show up towards the end with a shotgun!!!???)……They were like “Oh yeah! we forgot about the evil spell book that this movie is supposed to be about!! Oh it’s ok, lets just throw it in at the end to use as an excuse to keep the kid alive longer! It will totally work!?!?!?”
    And why was that house decorated like that? I thought it was some kind of Willy Wonka/Alice in Wonderland/Beetlejuice mindf&#k! And what was up with the pet spiders under the house? I thought they all might tie back in to the book somehow. Like maybe the parents were devil worshippers as well all along & that was the big reveal twist at the end…… I mean his parents are 2 well known comedy actors (that were there as a favor for the director I guess??), but NO that wasn’t the case at all. They showed up at the end (just in time with the police of course!!) to play the “oh yeah, we care about our only child we left at home with a psychopath…… really we do!”
    And let’s kill off the minorities first shall we…… Black guy then Asian girl! And the kid runs around the yard & the under the house?? Not to a neighbor for help (Who just happens to be the convenient girl that has a crush on him!! That is an easy way to have her show up later on for a first kiss!)

    • Saturn

      You may as well say the same thing about The Evil Dead in regards to the book – nobody does anything with it until right at the end, when it’s pretty obvious it’s the cause of the problem.

      Yup, they kill off the minorities first. But guess what – the real psychopaths are the white guys, one of which is a typical blonde vacuous moron. So, if you’re gonna have issues with some kind of cultural stereotyping in a movie you’ve gotta have issues with all of them.

      In regards to the cleaning the house thing, she (the babysitter) probably assumed that her friends would be able to deal with the Cole problem, and she was cleaning the house of evidence when the next bunch of cops turned up – which they would do eventually.

      The parents obviously didn’t have any clue that the babysitter was a psychopath – well, I prefer the term “religious fundamentalist”.

      Oh, and I just got a phone-call from the Long Island Medium – she said to tell that Wes Craven has a message for you…….

      It’s only a movie,….only a movie……only a movie…

  • diapers

    Have not seen it yet, but the trailer and remarks below pretty much sum it up as cheesy gory fun. What is wrong with that?

    • david

      That it’s not very good, or funny.

      • Saturn

        Or, as it seems more people like it than not, then it is pretty good and funny.

      • J Jett

        except that it IS very good and pretty funny too.

  • Monkeymanbob

    I’m not a fan of McG, but I went in blind not knowing he had his fingers in this and I love it. There’s nothing new here but it was a hella lot of fun and some of the criticisms from Brad are bunkus. It doesn’t matter if the book was used or not, it’s just a maguffin, and maguffins rarely matter if you’re enjoying the journey.
    If you don’t like it, you don’t like it – but if you ain’t seen it, try it you may just be surprised.

    • syntaxterror

      fully agree. It’s just a fun ride all the way through. It’s got snappy dialogue and the pacing is all around perfect, in my opinion. I feel like the reviewer has some kind of predetermined bias against the movie somehow. Meh… to each their own.

    • Daniel Kennard

      I was similarly surprised by seeing McG pop up in the credits, though I wouldn’t go as far as saying I love it.

      I thought it was fun but also had some issues which could hamper repeat viewings.

  • Grimphantom

    It wasn’t that bad, not the best but not the worst either. It had moments but some scenes are a bit too cheesy and annoying like the kid being so naive, especially with the scene with the bully who was throwing eggs at his house also how he does again with one of the killers.

    The deaths scenes where fun, some since others where a bit weaker and the ending i honestly felts like wanna those lame endings that feels force. I think they should’ve gone with a Tucker and Dale vibe in this movie, i think it could’ve done better.

  • I was intrigued by this movie because its concept is different from the slasher films that we’re used to watch. Here, the teenagers are not the victims, they’re the killers. The Babysitter is full of good jokes, gives to us some bloody kills, there are a bunch of references to the pop culture and tries to twist some clichés, ending up on a fresh and different work.

    It’s a nice film, the producers are not afraid to show violence (sometimes they create some humor around the deaths), it’s a love letter to the 80s horror films. However has a problem, the trailer spoiled the full movie, I knew who was going to die and that destroyed my experience a little. Btw, it’s not a negative critic, the soundtrack is okay, but I would prefer to hear more typical 80s music because that could improve the 80s slasher vibe.

    Fresh, violent but also funny, The Babysitter is a love letter to the slasher genre. Avoid the trailer, turn off your brain and enjoy this nice experience.

    Rating: 7/10

  • biff

    I enjoyed The Babysitter, but then again I enjoy films like Chopping Mall and Humanoids from the Deep. Not that I’d begin to put Babysitter in that hallowed realm (for me, anyways), but the attempt of a John Hughes-esque teenage film mixed in with a modest amount of horror (I certainly agree with the lack of Satanic glee in this one — more ceremony, incense smoke and nudity, plz) wasn’t altogether a waste of time.

    • david

      Chopping Mall is a classic. It had boobs, butts, guts, and sluts. Those are four ingredients for a great horror movie. All that The Babysitter had was some guts. I wouldn’t even mention The Babysitter in the same sentence as Chopping Mall because Chopping Mall is 100 times better.

      • Saturn

        Chopping Mall is decent – I’m surprised that they haven’t announced a remake yet as it would be a little more believable with modern tech.
        Done well it could be something special.

        • david

          I hope they don’t remake Chopping Mall because they’ll probably water it down by making it rated PG-13. Which means no boobs, and no exploding heads.

        • Munchie Strikes Back

          Good grief, are you mad? NEVER remake Chopping Mall. Wynorski is God. I cry every day waiting for Munchie, Hard to Die, and Dinosaur Island to be released on proper Blu-Rays.

      • MeeGhoulz

        As much as I liked Chopping ,it’s a movie that would benefit from a remake… not enough ‘chopping’ in the original. More guts would do it a lot of good!

        • david

          More guts? You might be right. Guts and exploding heads aren’t the same thing. 🙂 I just think that it would totally be watered down. If they ever remake it I’m sure that it would be gory, but I doubt there’d be any titties. I’m probably wrong, but to me it seems that a lot of rated R horror films nowadays just don’t have enough nudity.

          • MeeGhoulz

            Pity. But in the right hands it could stay true to the 80s formula, it would be even better if they make it passing on the 80s. Like a prequel or direct sequel. Who’s the guy that did Danger5?

        • Saturn

          It would be interesting if the movie dealt with a terrorist attack on the mall, with the robots going after the attackers who are there after hours, preparing explosives to cause as much damage as possible the following day when they are safely away.

          • MeeGhoulz

            But there would still be the bunch of young friends partying, right? I don’t believe we would see any boobs, as david pointed out, if we leave it only for the terrorists… Unless they are nudists radicals(!!!). Still, there would be more people to chop! And it would justify the big explosion at the end.

          • Saturn

            I suppose the partying kids could be there – perhaps it’s them who initially get caught by the terrorists, but then the real fun begins when mall-security turn up (the robots, having just received their illegal firm-ware updated accidentally too soon by the terrorist who originally planned to use them to attack on the grand opening off the mall after the weekend).
            Yeah, that could work.

          • MeeGhoulz

            With Friday the 13th game and Dead by Daylight I can’t help it but imagine some old slashers as games too…

          • Saturn

            Oh yes, there will be boobs…..

      • biff

        Please forgive me, although I did say I wouldn’t begin to put The Babysitter in the same category. Wynorski movies have their own realm in my personal pantheon of horror/fantasy. I just think that with a bit more Satanic polish, it could’ve come close.

    • James

      Humanoids From The Deep is simply wonderful.

      • biff

        Again, in my mind yes, Humanoids From The Deep is an absolute classic. The late and great Doug McClure and Vic Morrow, the burgeoning Rob Bottin and Chris Walas, the ever scheming and cost cutting Roger Corman, not to mention the MVP of the picture, Chuck Wood. Unfortunately not everyone shares our opinions, and see films like this as folderol, but of course, we know differently. I was speaking from the broader side of given opinion, and apparently have learned not to do so again ;D

        • James

          And of course we can’t forget about the ventriloquist dummy 🙂

          • biff

            That’s Chuck Wood =D Also, I love the end of that scene where the girl runs out of the tent, and with a sudden pull away shot, right into the claws of a waiting humanoid. So effective.

  • turk

    **SPOILERS**

    I had fun with this. And I totally disagree with the statement that the movie would have been better without the supporting cast. I thought Bee’s friends were all pretty entertaining. Robbie Amell was particularly hilarious with his weird “macho code” thing where he actually stopped in the middle of killing the protagonist in order to get him to stand up to his bully.

    Admittedly, suspension of belief was pretty tough some times. It was a bit strange that the kid didn’t just scream his head off when he got out of the house. He lived in a suburb, not out in the middle of nowhere. And where did the cop cars go? One second they have their flashing lights flooding the street, and then they disappear. But those problems aside, I thought this was a pretty solid way to kill about 90 minutes. And the girls were certainly easy on the eyes. Good gore, solid acting and some pretty good dark humor.

    • david

      I had tons of problems with the movie. Why did he wait until the end of the movie to go to a neighbors house. There were just too many things that he did and didn’t do that didn’t make any sense at all.

    • James

      I’m not a big Amell fan but I gotta day he surprised me in this. He was pretty damn amusing and I wish he was in the film even more.

  • Kat Alex

    I thought it was good, cheesy, silly fun.

    • nrkist

      Yeah, it’s just a goofy fun movie. Does the comedy always work? Not really. Is the acting amazing? No, it’s pretty terrible across the board. Do the maudlin bits work? Sadly, no.

      Despite all this, I don’t think the film takes it’s self very seriously and it is shot very well and the sets are pretty incredible.

  • GXFR4LIFE

    I thought this was a real good time way better film the better watch out

    • david

      That’s because Better Watch Out was dog shit.

    • art123guy

      I watched both as a double feature and preferred The Babysitter as well. I didn’t hate Better Watch Out, but the trailer gave me the impression it was a horror comedy and that’s how I went into it. When it wasn’t, it kinda took me out of the movie.

  • The Babysitter’s remake with Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton and Kylie Jenner and directed by Adam Wingard will receive 4.5 skulls here. The staff from Bloody Disgusting will say it’s better than the original , lol

  • david

    A lot of people are calling this film a slasher, but I wouldn’t classify it as a slasher at all. I would describe it more like a Home Invasion film, but the bad guy doesn’t have a hard time getting inside of the house.

  • Biscoito18

    I found this movie okay. It’s like a video game where the protagonist faces each villain in a different scenario and using limited resources, with some surprises in the middle. McG’s direction is perfectionist, production is good and all actors have done their parts well, especially Samara Weaving and Judah Lewis.

  • newtonpo

    Think you’re over thinking it,Brad. Jackson Pollack dripping not Michelangelo telling the pope,”When its finished”. Leave the depth to “Post cards from the edge”,and enjoy the well put together ride.

  • Joe Sandlin

    so fucking wrong. this movie was awesome

    • Cassie Hack

      I thought it was going to be trash and it turned out to be Home Alone meets Predator. Loved it.

      • Joe Sandlin

        exactly. it was fun, fresh, and well cast. was it perfect? nope. but thats ok. it was still awesome!

  • Seal Clubber

    I wanted to like this movie. It just sucked, though. Bad dialogue and a nonsensical plot (why would he go back into the house once he escaped mid way?) Such a disappointment ….

  • Matthew Morin

    I went in with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t great, but it was a fun, mindless movie and that’s really all I was looking for.

  • fyt yug

    This movie is amazing, amazing. Don’t believe anything in the above movie review. I have watched it twice so far, and plan to watch it again Halloween night. From beginning to end this is an almost perfect movie. Please don’t pay attention to the above review. Grab a bowl of popcorn, call some friends over, turn down the lights and get ready to be thou-rally entertained.

    • Saturn

      Although I disagree that it’s almost a perfect movie, I did enjoy it – and it looks like most of the others who’ve seen it enjoyed it too.
      Brad seems to have got his review completely wrong. Again.

  • James

    I thought this movie was a ton of fun. It was pretty much exactly what I was hoping it would be.

  • dgrayson007

    I thought it was very fun. I liked this and Better Watch Out!

  • Evan3

    You sold me on not watching this at “McG.”

  • Aliiine

    They lost me at that scene where the guy has two blades stuck through his skull into his brain and somehow remains conscious… An then when the blades are pulled out, blood spurts like they just slit his aorta… Sort your basic anatomy, filmmakers, your ignorance ruins even the best movies.

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