Cole must face the demons of his past once again, only
this time he has help from an enigmatic new student.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)
Directed by McG
Written by Dan Lagana, Brad Morris, Jimmy Warden, McG
Starring Judah Lewis, Jenna Ortega, Emily Alyn Lind,
Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Andrew Bachelor,
Bella Thorne, Hana Mae Lee, Ken Marino, Leslie Bibb,
Chris Wylde, Maximilian Acevedo, Juliocesar Chavez
Sequel to 2017's The Babysitter
I love it when a sequel lives up to my expectations. While not as great as the first film, Killer Queen delivers a solid follow-up in the saga of Cole Johnson, the most unlucky kid in movie history. Or luckiest, considering where this film ends up going. You decide. This film builds on the foundation established by the first film, while also taking the story in new directions that don't just retread over the first one. We do get some of that as well. but it's done so perfectly that you barely notice. I love the chemistry between Judah Lewis and newcomer Jenna Ortega, without which this film wouldn't work.
It's been two years since Cole (Lewis) defeated Bee (Weaving) and the Satanists, and nobody believes him. Even his best friend Melanie (Lind) sees him as just a friend, and is now dating some meathead. Cole feels more alone than ever, and when Melanie invites him to hang out with her friends on a houseboat, he sees a chance to tell her how he feels. Until she murders someone in the name of Satan! Melanie's in the cult. Gotta say, this was my one beef. It's a great twist, but it totally undermines the character's actions in the first movie and, I won't lie, it fucking hurts to see Cole betrayed by the girl he loves again. Then, he meets Phoebe (Ortega), the new girl who gets involved in all this and helps Cole escape. I won't go too much into the rest, but it's great, particularly the ending where a certain character gets a great moment of redemption.
I admire how different this sequel is from the first film, while at the same time feeling like natural progression. These two films are both fantastic, and I really hope we get a third just so McG can have a hat trick. But if we don't, this film works as a fantastic finale to Cole's story.