Review: The Babysitter (2017)

Another hit for Netflix, The Babysitter is another original film from the streaming service that doesn’t disappoint. The Babysitter is a horror comedy about a young boy who’s night turns wild when he witnesses his babysitter perform a ritutualistic sacrifice with a group of teens, in his living room. The titular character is played by Samara Weaving who can also be seen in Ash Vs The Evil Dead, with supporting roles played by well known actors Bella Thorne, and Robbie Amell, and newcomer Judah Lewis as Cole, the young boy being baby sat.

As you can imagine, being a young boy in this predicament would be pretty terrifying, especially if you were known to be kind of a “chicken” like Cole, but he handles it way better than anyone was expecting him to. The cult of teenagers who committed the sacrifice thought their night was going to be a smooth one until Cole caught them bloody handed, and made their night a bit more challenging as they then had to worry about keeping him from getting word out to the cops.

Even though Robbie Amell and Bella Thorne both play characters that they are often typecasted as it doesn’t feel like you’re watching just another one of their usual performances. The comedic elements that are added to the characters that we’re used to seeing them play freshen things up. Both actors do a great job in their roles and to me were stand outs among the supporting roles in movie. Amell’s character was my favorite. He showed a sort of sympathy to Cole while simultaneously coming after him. I like to think that it was because Cole reminded him of himself when he was younger.

Although Amell and Thorne have some of my favorite one liners in the film, they aren’t the only ones who successfully deliver the hilarious material they were given. The whole cast truly did a wonderful job. Samara Weaving and Judah Lewis had the most difficult roles to play as the two main characters who had much more serious scenes than the rest of their costars whose roles were basically JUST comedic, while theirs were a nice mix of dramedy.

The Babysitter was hilarious, and fun horror comedy much like Shaun of The Dead, and has the potential to become just a beloved as well.

The Babysitter has a rating of 6.4/ 10 on IMDB, while I rate it slightly higher at a 7/10.


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Graduate from Oregon State University, with a Bachelor's of Science in Liberal Studies, a self made degree plan, that focused on media, writing, film, and women, gender and sexuality studies, aptly titled "Writing for and about film with a feminist perspective". I inherited my love of halloween and horror movies from my mom. My favorite horror movie is Scream, which is highly ironic considering I was deathly afraid of Ghostface, who I had very vivid nightmares about that I still remember perfectly, as a child. Some of my other favorites are Hereditary, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Beetlejuice, The Shining, The Conjuring, and much more! Even though I’ve pretty much been a life long fan of horror I still have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to the classics, ergo my Millennial Morgan Plays Catch Up reviews, which I plan to bring back soon. My passion project for the site is our digital zine, called Fright Like A Girl that's all about women in horror, made by women who love horror! In my free time, besides writing for the site, and working on my dream of becoming an actress and film maker, I enjoy making youtube videos (MJ Sawan on youtube), playing video games, going to conventions like Texas Frightmare, and Horror Hound, and cosplaying! I've cosplayed as Nancy Thompson from A Nightmare On Elm Street, Ripley from Aliens, and more. You can follow me on twitter, @frightlikeagirl, where I tweet A LOT about movies of all types, and the people in them.