The Babysitter is a new to Netflix horror comedy. In these dark times, a horror comedy is what we all need (especially as I watched Saw 2 the night before and felt uninspired to write a review).
Twelve year old Cole (12? really….in American movies 12 still seems so young and naive. In my home town of Grimsby, 12 year old’s are drinking, smoking and terrorising the town. Yes they may egg a few houses but they might also stab you as well) is being babysat by Bee, who seems to be the most awesome and gorgeous babysitter in the world. She’s the babysitter every 12 year old boy (and every male before and after) dreams of. He knows she wants to get him to sleep after a certain time and after talking to his love interest, Melanie, he is informed that she probably getting her boyfriend round for hanky-panky.
She comes round. They have a great night. Then she wants him to go to bed and tries to give him a shot of alcohol to help him sleep. He wants to see what happens when he goes to sleep so he pours it away when she’s not looking. He pretends to go to sleep but then sneaks up to see what’s going on. He finds there’s a group of her friends playing spin the bottle. This progresses into a Satanic rite as it does (what do you mean you’ve never summoned Satan as part of Spin the Bottle?! I’m obviously doing it wrong.)
I won’t tell you anymore. But obviously the film progresses to a fun, horrific romp through the night as Cole tries to escape the Satanists and his babysitter, with the undertone of coming of age and finding your inner strength. The boy and I really enjoyed this movie with it’s 80’s vibe and humour. It may not have been particularly scary but it was a good story. I thought Samara Weaving (her uncle is Hugo Weaving!) was excellent, fun and not too cheesy. It was well acted throughout. A 9/10 from me and worth a fun Halloween watch.