The premise of The Babysitter is pretty simple: a middle-school-aged guy has the hots for his babysitter. The hook of the movie is that the babysitter isn’t who she purports to be. I was pleasantly surprised how long it took for the hook take affect and turn the movie upside down. By not being too quick to divulge the hook (a fault of most horror movies), it allowed you to develop a connection with the main characters.I was seriously amazed by how easily it was to find the babysitter(played by Samara Weaving to be likable. I expected the babysitter to be beautiful (which she is), but I thought that she would be the typical ditsy blond that doesn’t have anything substantial to offer. Big props to screenplay writer Brian Duffield and director McG for creating a fully developed female lead. I also have to give a huge shout out to Samara Weaving, who has the looks of Kate Upton crossed with Margaret Robbie, for delivering a performance that made me forget she was the bad guy. As weird as this sounds, I found myself rooting for her because she is so likable. But isn’t that always the case with the crazy girls that get your heart? You know that they aren’t any good for you and want to drink your blood, but you are spellbound by them.
The humor in this movie is executed in such a way that it breaks up some of the more serious moments giving you a chance to catch your breath. It also plays a big part in making this movie fun to watch. I actually found myself watching the movie a second time, something that I never do. As I watched it the second time, I caught a lot more of the Easter eggs to prior horror films, which was a nice touch.Not enough can be said about the casting. Everyone from the main actors to the supporting cast delivered a memorable moment. Judah Lewis and @ did an exceptional job as the middle-school-aged kids that try to make sense of the unholy predicament that the babysitter puts them in. And their parents, played by Lisa Bibb, Ken Marino, and Chris Wylde are hilarious. Keep an eye out for Miles J. Harvey that played Jeremy, the bully of the neighborhood, that dude is funny as hell.
I could go on and on about this movie, but I won’t. If I had to summarize this movie in one word I would say this: it’s a fun-filled horror film that is full of laughs and surprises that doesn’t stop till the very end, think Home Alone, but on acid. Consume Review Repeat gives The Babysitter an 8.7 out of 10 flu shots (you’ll get the joke when you watch the movie)!