The Babysitter is a delightful dark comedy with slapstick humor, a twist and a heart.
The Babysitter is a dark horror comedy and a coming of age story with brutal gruesome elements, endearing moments and over the top dark humor, all blend into a brilliant hilarious chaos full of mayhem. This fast paced, mashup of genres is well balanced and takes itself not too seriously, which results in absurd humor and a very entertaining watch. Because there’s a fun twist that turns the tables, the least you know the more fun and surprising this film will be. This review contains only mild spoilers.
Cole is twelve years old, old and wise enough to babysit younger kids himself, but his parents still treat him like a little boy, and he’s also a bit of a scaredy cat. Luckily his babysitter Bee is the coolest babysitter ever and they have a strong bond together, sharing their interest for science fiction action films.
But when Melanie who lives next door and who he secretly likes very much tells him that when he is asleep, Bee probably invites her boyfriend over, he gets a little suspicious and stays up the whole night to watch Bee. When Melanie is proven right, it is far worse than he could have ever imagined and the night turns into a nightmare of blood, sacrifice and mayhem. Cole has to face his fears, grow up and with the help of Melanie, defeat an evil cult.
Why you should watch it
The Babysitter is a hilarious over the top comedy and a brutal slasher. The story revolves around Cole and he is endearing and the perfect hero. His coming of age story gets a very sinister and unsuspected turn when he finds out something shocking about Bee. His character and development during the film is the strongest suit of the film. To shoot the film from his perspective it becomes a very original slasher, that is both brutal and the typical view and actions of a twelve-year-old boy which makes the film a Home Alone slasher comedy that is very daring considering the targeted audience. I would say the film is mainly a film for people with a dark sense of humor and who haven’t lost their inner child.
While Bee might be the villain of the story, her bond with Cole still plays an important role, preventing the film becoming too campy and silly and instead giving it a big heart. Both Cole and Bee and also Melanie are the most fleshed out and real characters, while the other villains can go all out behaving like the most crazy and bizarre stereotypes to create maximum fun. Even Mom and Dad without real names are too overprotective and parents who are daredevils unlike Cole, and are cause for some silly humor.
The cinematography is playful and really fits the plot and the characters. The shots are focused on Cole, emphasizing his perspective, and his coming of age story. With a fast pace, well-chosen moments to catch your breath, strong editing and good choice of music, this film knows how to entertain those who love a hilariously funny dish with some gore on the side.
The kills are brutal, original and over the top. With blood splattering all around, gruesome deaths, and enough gore, and an over the top campy atmosphere, it all adds to the dark humor. While Cole stays the grounded center of attention, to the film and the villains.
The Babysitter is a bloody fun ride, but also has a big heart and an endearing Cole to steal yours.
My favorite part
The special bond between Cole and Bee is delightful and how dire things get, it always plays an important role in the background, giving more depth to the film. Who doesn’t give depth to the film at all is cheerleader Allison who’s the dumbest girl in the bunch and is cause for a lot of over the top jokes on every level and subject. She’s outrageously hilarious and a too stereotypical girl to be realistic, but that’s part of the fun.
The little kid’s romance between Melanie and Cole is too sweet and they both give the film a more epic feel.
Fun factor: ★★★★★
Gore factor: ★★★★☆
Gruesome factor: ★★★☆☆
Originality factor: ★★★★☆
Entertainment factor: ★★★★★
Cast and crew
The Babysitter is directed by McG and written by Brian Duffield. It stars Judah Lewis (Cole), Samara Weaving (Bee), Emily Alyn Lind (Melanie), Hana Mae Lee (Sonya), Robbie Amell (Max), Bella Thorne (Allison), Andrew Bachelor (John), Leslie Bibb (Mom) and Ken Marino (Dad).
Duration: 85 minutes. Music: Douglas Pipes. Cinematography: Shane Hurlbut. Edited by: Peter Gvozdas, Martin Bernfield. Produced by: McG, Mary Viola, Zack Schiller. Production company: Boies/Schiller Film Group, Wonderland Sound and Vision. Distributed by: Netflix.