The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter. – (Source)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 60% (Critics) / 73% (Audience)
Directed By: McG
Written By: Brian Duffield
Starring: Samara Weaving, Judah Lewis, Robbie Amell, and Bella Thorne
The time spent building the relationship between young Cole and his extremely awesome babysitter Bee was time well-spent because it made everything that came afterward all the more poignant and impactful. Speaking of which Judah Lewis and Samara Weaving had a wonderful chemistry in their scenes which made for there being a lot more heart in this movie than one usually expects in this genre of film.
The depiction of Luke’s parents and their relationship with him and one another was very well done too. Usually the parents in a movie like this are pretty forgettable but Ken Marino and Leslie Bibb were given a decent amount of character to build on in their performances as Cole’s mom and dad.
I also got a kick out of Robbie Amell’s sadistic quarterback who also was chock full of pretty good advice for a kid being bullied even though he was intent on killing said bullied kid. And Bella Thorne was pretty good as the cheerleader from hell too.
The Satanic twist really never worked for me. Maybe if there had been some proof of the validity of Bee’s claims that this bloody ritual would result in dark forces making ones greatest wish come true then maybe it would have made the idea of these particular four young people buying into the whole murder ritual a little more easier to swallow.
That after-credits stinger at the end was a bit too predictable.
Final Verdict: A truly funny horror-comedy that may be a little light on the horror for some people’s tastes but it surprisingly has a lot of heart too. I was completely surprised by just how much I enjoyed THE BABYSITTER and can’t recommend it enough to anyone who loves the horror-comedy genre.