A Fun, Pop-Culture Black-Comedy that's Sure to be a Cult Classic One Day- The Babysitter (2017) Review- Netflix Original
The Babysitter very might just be one of my favorite Netflix horror originals now, and it's not necessarily what I, or many others, would define as a "good" movie, but it sure is a hell of a lot of fun to watch.
The Babysitter (2017) is the type of movie that you sit down, unplug your brain, and just watch along in blank enjoyment to. There's gore, a story-line riddled with silly plot-holes, satirical and over-exaggerated characters, and fun moments that contribute to the overall hilarity of the film.
The movie is about a 14 year old, bullied kid named Cole (who looks suspiciously like Hailee Steinfield in the Edge of Seventeen) who still has a babysitter- Bee. Bee (played by Samara Weaving) isn't the clueless, "Halloween"-type babysitter. She's like a modern Nanny Mcphee, and she's also Cole's best friend. When Cole's school friend convinces him to stay up past his bedtime to check on what the babysitter is up to at night- most importantly, to see if she's having orgy's- he's in for a rude and shocking awakening. His best friend is actually in a satanic cult, where her and her very insane teenage friends perform ritual sacrifices in the middle of his living room.
Cole the Witty, Cole the Survivor
"Why is he shirtless?"
Perhaps it's Cole's personality that is the best aspect of this film. Asking a group of murderous sociopaths why one of them is shirtless is what you say when your name is Cole and you're tied to a chair. Why is there always a shirtless teenager in a teenager slasher film? The thing about Cole is that he's an extremely smart and relatable kid. Throughout the film, he is as reasonable and resourceful as a kid can be in this situation, possibly even more. His witty remarks are really what keep this film at peak enticement- that, and his ability to outsmart this groups of satanists.
Like all of the characters, this film never takes itself too seriously. In fact, the entire film relies on its comedic and modern elements to make it what it is. And for me, it completely works.
As Cole runs through and around his house of horrors in this over-the-top, horror-comedy, all I kept wondering is, "Where are his neighbors? Does no one hear a screaming child, gunshots, and whatever tf else is going on?" This movie defies all rules of logic and normalcy, but it kept me grinning through the entire ride, through all of the gore, cheesy lines and plots, and all of the pop-culture references. I swear in 10+ years time this movie will be a cult-classic.
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starring, Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee, Bella Thorne, Andrew Bachelor, Emily Alyn Lind, and more
written and directed by, McG and Brian Duffield