The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)



Movie Title: The Babysitter: Killer Queen

Year Released: 2020

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 41min

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Director: McG

Writer: Dan Lagana, Brad Morris, Jimmy Warden, McG

Starring: Judah Lewis, Emily Alyn Lind, Jenna Ortega, Robbie Amell, Andrew Bachelor, Leslie Bibb, Hana Mae Lee, Bella Thorne, Samara Weaving, Ken Marino, Chris Wylde, Carl McDowell, Maximilian Acevedo, Juliocesar Chavez

Review: Two years after defeating a satanic cult led by his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving), Cole (Judah Lewis) once again has to outsmart the forces of evil when old enemies unexpectedly crash an impromptu trip to the lake.

Three years after the success of the cult Netflix original film, The Babysitter, we have a sequel! That's right, the whole gang is back for another go-around, blood cult and all!

Cole is now a junior in high school, still reeling from the events of 2 years prior. Everyone thinks he's a psychopath for standing by the events that he witnessed in the first film. Even his parents have him on a strict medication plan because they think he's lost his mind. With Cole being an outcast at school, his only friend is his best friend and neighbor from the first film, Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind). When Cole tries to join Melanie and the cool kids for a lakeside high school booze retreat, all hell breaks loose when the gang of blood-thirsty heathens come back to finish what they started.

Aside from a few surprises early on, this film ended up being all too predictable, and didn't do much to differentiate itself from the first film. I felt as if I was watching a re-hashed, re-edited version of The Babysitter at times. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as I thoroughly enjoyed the first film, and this sequel certainly has enough gags, hilarious dialogue, over-the-top gore, and cartoonish death scenes to have you howling with laughter. It's not necessarily a bad movie, but it definitely could have been better in my opinion. Fans of the original who just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy an outrageous horror comedy will find this movie endearing. It's good old-fashioned Halloween fun! Those who are expecting something new and innovative will be left disappointed. At the end of this day, I enjoyed the fast-paced laugh-out-loud silliness. I found the movie well worth my time and felt that despite some of it's shortcomings and predictability, the entertainment value was still there. I'm giving it my seal of approval and I recommend this film to anyone looking for some mindless fun this Halloween season.

Stars (out of 4):
       

Fun Fact: There is an exaggerated fight scene between two characters that occurs within a video game similarly to something you would see in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). The video game that is used in this case is the classic game, Street Fighter, which debuted in 1987.



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