Starring: Judah Lewis, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee, Andrew B. Bachelor, Emily Alyn Lind, Jenna Ortega
Directed by: McG
Written by: McG, Dan Lagana
Format: A Netflix Original
Two years has passed since Cole (Judah Lewis), survived and defeated a satanic cult lead by his Babysitter Bee. Cole, now a junior high school student, is still haunted by the horrific events of that night, alongside dealing with the fact that everyone thinks he’s crazy, as no evidence was found, to prove that Cole was telling the truth. Cole’s best friend Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind) convinces Cole to attend a party with her at a lake, so Cole can forget his past and have fun. Unlucky for Cole, he must once again outsmart the satanic cult, who unexpectedly returns from the dead.
Netflix’s The Babysitter: Killer Queen is an American horror comedy, that brings back what we all loved from its original movie, as this movie is filled with pop culture references and huge amounts of gore splattered onto our screens, yet again. This film takes the story into new directions with plot twists, which will make whatever doubts you had on this sequel fade, as I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations.
The character of Cole (Judah Lewis) is still an easy to root for character in this sequel, as he was in the original, as the movie allows you to sympathies for Cole, due to him still being treated as an outcast, which many audiences watching can relate to. Cole’s character will soon have to face his fears, when he comes into close contact with those, who wants to try and kill him all over again. We are introduced to some new characters such as Phoebe (Jenna Ortega), the new girl at school, who is rumored to have killed her parents, which makes her character intriguing to watch, to see how Phoebe’s storyline ties into the overall plot. Along with new characters, we also have the triumphant return of Cole’s enemies, the ridiculously over the top satanic cult members, that includes the characters of Max (Robbie Amell), Allison (Bella Thorne), john (Andrew B. Bachelor) and Sonya (Hana Mae Lee). Each of these original satanic cult members fit back into their roles easily, and has fun with the material they are given. Other original cast members includes Cole’s next door neighbor Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind), who Cole is still smitten with since they kissed in the first movie, and she is the only one who understands him, as she too was a witness to the murders two years ago besides Cole. Surprisingly, we get more screen time of Cole’s parents, especially his father (Ken Marino), who portrays the awkward dad, who wants to be the fun loving father in front of his son, but also gives a performance, where you can clearly see the affection he has towards his son Cole. Nearly every scene Cole’s father is in is hilarious to watch, especially scenes he has with Melanie’s father.
I enjoyed this sequel as a follow up to ‘’The Babysitter’’ (2017), as it delivered for me yet again, due to how all the original characters got back into their roles with ease, by delivering some ridiculous but hilarious dialogue throughout the film, that made me laugh out loud. I loved the new character of Phoebe (Jenna Ortega), as she was a great addition to the cast, from her character’s introduction and to how her storyline ties into the movie. I believe that the actress ‘’Jenna Ortega ‘will be someone to look out for in the future, as this actress has been newly casted in Scream 5, which is to be released in 2022. The soundtrack to this film is awesome. There was a lot of pop culture references, from Terminator 2, which I felt was a nod to the director McG having directed ‘’Terminator Salvation’’(2009).
Babysitter: Killer Queen was truly an enjoyable fun watch, but had some bizarre moments in the film, that felt too stylistic for me, such as a fight scene that resembled an arcade fighting game and even some Scot Pilgrim vibes in there, that wasn’t needed, as it made the movie far less realistic. Another scene I first felt was out of place; was a dance scene, which came out of nowhere, but as I thought about it, I now get what that scene was symbolising within in the film but in the moment, I didn’t get it until looking back. The movie also went into detail of how the characters of Max (Robbie Amell), Allison (Bella Thorne), john (Andrew B. Bachelor) and Sonya (Hana Mae Lee) joined the demonic cult, which was shown very stylistically using camera footage, which added a nice touch to the look of the film. I loved how McG concluded this film, so I would be happy with them ending on this high note, but would welcome a third movie.
‘’The Babysitter: Killer Queen’’ (2020) is out now to stream on Netflix.
Before watching, make sure to watch the original ‘’The Babysitter’’(2017) also streaming on Netflix, as I reassure you, that you will be in for a ridiculously hilarious horror comedy, where both films will keep a smile on your face from beginning to end, with all the fun and gory innovative kills, us horror fans love to see on screen.
Overall: 8 /10