Starring: Samara Weaving, Judah Lewis, Hana Mae Lee, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Andrew Bachelor, Emily Alyn Lind, Leslie Bibb, Ken Marino, Doug Haley, Miles J. Harvey, Chris Wylde, Carl McDowell
Review: When Cole (Judah Lewis) stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot baby sitter, Bee (Samara Weaving), belongs to a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.
The Babysitter is a fast-paced, fun, and hilarious horror movie with a simple premise. Ever wonder what your babysitter did after you went to bed? I'm guessing that you never thought they were participating in satanic rituals in your living room. I really enjoyed this Netflix original film for a multitude of reasons. I really enjoyed the friendship dynamic between Cole and Bee. While Cole is a somewhat nerdy and awkward 12-year-old, Bee sort of takes on an older sister role by sticking up for him and teaching him how to deal with bullies. They also share a lot of common interests and it's fun to watch them interact and set up this dynamic before Bee ultimately ends up being revealed as a demonic psychopath. In a way, I think this humanizes our villain to the point where you are taken back by her outrageous actions throughout the movie, but you still remember that she really does care about Cole and they have a very sweet relationship. Cole also has a very charming dynamic with his neighbor and best friend, Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind). Melanie secretly has a crush on Cole, but it just might take a series of crazy events for Cole to come to that realization. This film is also very funny, as Bee's cult features an eclectic cast of characters that have some highly amusing interactions. Bee's cult consists of the high school quarterback, head cheerleader, class clown, and a goth girl. Unfortunately for Cole, they know he's aware of their little secret and Cole has to fight for his life as the cult aggressively pursues him through his house and neighborhood.
Definitely not your standard babysitter experience! I don't know about you, but I never remember witnessing my babysitter stabbing someone in the skull with a dagger. On the other hand, I haven't needed a babysitter in quite some time, so my memory may be a little foggy.
The Babysitter packs a lot into a short runtime. It's a sweet tale of friendship, with little bit of romance, and a whole lot of gory, bloody violence. I found this movie to be wildly entertaining and I can't wait to see what Netflix has in store for the announced sequel that will hit the streaming service in the next year or two!