A neurotic twelve-year-old discovers his beloved babysitter is
part of a satanic cult who will stop at nothing to silence him.
The Babysitter (2017)
Directed by McG
Written by Brian Duffield
Starring Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell,
Bella Thorne, Hana Mae Lee, Andrew Bachelor,
Emily Alyn Lind, Leslie Bibb, Ken Marino
I never thought I'd be giving a near perfect score to a film directed by McG, who has maybe the most irritating nickname in Hollywood. Regardless, his 2017 horror comedy The Babysitter deserves all the praise. It perfectly balances both its genres and delivers an unforgettable adventure that can best be described as an R-rated satanic Home Alone. Judah Lewis and Samara Weaving are fantastic together, leading a cast of great characters and hilarious performances, nearly all of whom end up violently killed.
Cole (Lewis) is twelve years old and still has a babysitter. He's afraid of everything, his only friend is his neighbor Melanie (Lind) who has a crush on him, and he's deeply in love with aforementioned babysitter, Bee (Weaving). When he stays up late to see what Bee gets up to after dark, he witnesses her and her friends brutally murder a guy and drain his blood for a satanic ritual. Then he finds out that he's next. The rest of the movie is Cole trying to escape this cult and come to terms with the fact that Bee's friendship was all a lie. It's actually pretty emotional, not to mention hilarious. The killers are all so damn funny, particularly Robbie Amell as the inexplicably shirtless Max. His weird dedication to not just killing Cole but also toughening him up along the way is just great to watch.
I didn't entirely know what to expect with The Babysitter, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is one of Netflix's best originals and a perfect movie for the Halloween season. And what a perfectly satisfying ending as the cherry on top. I could keep gushing about this one forever. It's going to become one of my favorite movies.