31 Days of Dreadtober(2017): The Babysitter Movie Review
Joseph McGinty Nichol(AKA McG)
Dreamgirls can be a nightmare.
One late night, a young boy attempting to spy on his hot babysitter discovers she’s the leader of a murderous cult who will stop at nothing to keep him from revealing their evil secret.
The Babysitter is more comedy than it is horror, but if you don’t ask yourself too many logical questions about characters’ nonsensical actions, it can be a fun, bloody romp. The movie is funny most of the time and lead actress Samantha Weaving easily steals the show as the babysitter every prepubescent boy has ever dreamed about. Judah Lewis, who plays our 12-year-old protagonist, is an equally great foil to Samantha Weaving’s teenage cult. You can’t help, but root for the anxious nerd as he fights for survival. I would say this movie’s greatest boon is its cast and their amazing chemistry with each other. If you are trying to get into the Halloween spirit and are looking for a more lighthearted affair, I’d give this movie a go.
Unfortunately, while there is a lot to love about the movie, I’d say there could be just as much to hate depending on your individual taste. I’ve told you guys before that Scream is my favorite slasher movie and that its self-aware humor is a large part of why I love it. The Babysitter tries to take the same approach but often comes off as a little try-hard and definitely lacks in subtle touch.
The movie has a lot of what I would call McGisms. Take a look at director McG’s filmography and you might understand what I’m talking about. Thankfully this movie is more 2000’s Charlie Angels than it is 2009’s Terminator Salvation and even that can sometimes work against this movie. There are also parts of this movie that feel very Scott Pilgrim VS The World, except that movie was intentionally suppose to feel like a video game and in this movie’s context, it doesn’t feel like that stuff belongs. There’s also this weird self-congratulatory tone to some parts of the movie that I was not a particular fan of. It’s kind of like that guy at the party who laughs at his own jokes, but no one else is laughing at his joke. I should know as that guy is often me.
All in all, I’d say The Babysitter is a fun watch if you aren’t expecting a masterclass in comedy and just want a bloody good time. McG’s stylistic choices might leave some viewers out in the cold and it’s often these choices that trip up the movie from becoming true comedic gold.