Starring: Samara Weaving, Judah Lewis, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee, Andrew B. Bachelor
Directed by: McG
Written by: Brian Duffield
Format: A Netflix Original
12 year old Cole (Judah Lewis) has a close bond with his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving), as Bee seems to be the only one, who really gets Cole’s quirky personality and in the beginning defends him against his neighborhood bullies. Cole secretly has a crush on Bee and is excited to spend the weekend with her, while his parents are gone on a weekend away. It takes an unexpected and extremely blood splattering gory turn, when Cole secretly stays up past his bed time, only to find that his hot, funny and likeable babysitter Bee, is part of a satanic cult who with her 4 friends is now out to ultimately try to catch and kill Cole, due to him witnessing Bee and her friends commit a gruesome murder during a game of spin the bottle. This leads to a hilarious, wild and gruesome ride, where Cole has to try to run and outsmart them in order to survive the night.
Netflix’s The Babysitter is an American horror comedy, which explores the coming of age story; as we witness the close and unique bond both Bee and Cole share, and how that relationship will soon become tainted, when Cole learns that his babysitter Bee is part of a murderous satanic cult. This movie was surprisingly an entertaining watch, while also teaching its audience to recognize that as part of growing up, relationships can fade and that we must remove ourselves when a relationship soon becomes toxic. The character of Cole is quite relatable, therefore easy to root for as our main protagonist, due to representing the importance of accepting our unique selves and not changing who we are to fit in. This is evident within the film as you will soon witness, how Cole’s weird knowledge will come in handy when fighting off five crazy murderous cult worshipers.
Other than the characters of Bee and Cole, the movie hilariously has a cast who represent your typical clique horror character tropes, from the character of Max (Robbie Amell), who plays the shirtless alpha male quarterback, so there’s plenty of eye candy to look forward to if you are into that. Speaking of eye candy, when introduced to the extremely vain cheerleader Allison (Bella Thorne), you get a close up shot of Allison and Bee making out during a game of truth or dare. There’s also the character of john (Andrew B. Bachelor), who seems to be the victim of getting splattered with countless amounts of gore that reminds me of the Evil dead franchise and how they used extreme amounts of gore for a comedic effect, which also works perfectly in this film. The least memorable character for me was Sonya (Hana Mae Lee), who portrayed Bee’s gothic friend. Each one of these characters played quite well off each other and gave us horror fans plenty of some surprising and innovative fun kills to watch. The movie also has the character of Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind) ,who portrays Cole’s other neighbor and best friend from school, who he eventually develops a cute relationship with towards the end, which represents the fact that Cole is starting to grow up into a young adult.
I enjoyed the entire cast in this film, especially our main protagonist Cole (Judah Lewis), as he was quite charismatic in his role and portrayed the nerdy 12 year old boy perfectly, while also being able to carry the film along at such a young age. The actress who portrays the babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving), brought not only the sex appeal, but was quite charismatic in her role, as she was able to pull off portraying not only the funny likeable babysitter but also the dangerous murderous cult worshipper. This movie can be ridiculously unrealistic at times, such as Cole’s neighbors not coming out to check what’s going on or ring the police, as there was definitely shouting and screaming happening outside, but that little nitpicky negative aspect about the film doesn’t compare to the overall film representing, a stylistic look and laugh out loud humor with a few pop culture references thrown in, making this film an absolute blast to watch.
Due to the film’s success the original cast is reuniting yet again for its anticipated direct sequel movie The Babysitter: Killer Queen, which is now been realised on Netflix.
I highly recommend watching The Babysitter (2017) on Netflix now, before watching its anticipated sequel The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020), as I guarantee you will be in for a gruesome but laugh out loud hilarious and heart warming horror comedy, that paints the most important question I would like to know which is, ‘’ what is your Intergalactic dream team to have to defeat the big bad?’’. To find out what are main characters from Netflix’s The Babysitter (2017) want in their intergalactic dream team, you can find out by streaming it now on Netflix to see if you agree with them.
Overall: 9 /10