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The Babysitter (2017)

The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.


Director McG (Terminator Salvation) channels everything from The Monster Squad, to Feast, to Tucker and Dale vs Evil in The Babysitter. I wasn't expecting much from the film. With a young protagonist, and a babysitter - horror / comedy? I wasn't expecting anything from either the horror or the comedy, especially with McG's track record with features. The direction here, however, is close to perfection.

The film stars Judah Lewis (Demolition) as Cole, a twelve year old who is teased for still having a babysitter, and Samara Weaving (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) as the eponymous sitter. Both knock it out of the park, and kudos to Lewis who has little screen experience for carrying this almost entirely.

The Babysitter has a kicking soundtrack, manages to tug the heartstrings, splatter gore everywhere, and still be funny. I'm a hard one to please with a horror / comedy and this one is fantastic. It teases a great deal of tropes prolific in everything wrong with modern horror - gratuitous nudity, over sexualization, douche baggery characters, the list goes on - plays with the trope and stomps on it.

Funny, touching, gory as all hell, and above all Absolutely must see.

And, as an aside, a fantastic Netflix original - makers of so many bland-appease-the-masses-generic-horror.

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