I finally got around to watching this on Netflix tonight. The Babysitter has been available on the streaming service since October 13th, and it had been on my queue to watch for several weeks now, but the time just never seemed to work out. Until now.
And hey… I enjoyed it.
Young Cole (Judah Lewis) is a twelve-year old boy who is apparently afraid of everything. Bullied and attacked at school, Cole has few people that he cares for. One of those few people was his babysitter, Bee (Samara Weaving). Cole’s growing attraction to the beautiful babysitter leads him to wonder what she would do when he went to sleep, so Cole decided to stay up one night to see exactly what happened past hours. Little did he know about the horrors he was about to discover.
The Babysitter is a horror/dark comedy/coming of age movie mash up, and all three of the genres shine through. There are some really funny moments mixed in with some very bloody and shocking moments and all the while you are rooting for the young protagonist who finds himself stuck in the middle.
Admittedly, the film never officially gives you any answers about exactly what was going on, but it was clear that Bee and her clan of hench-people were up to no good. These others with Bee included the more well known actors Bella Thorne and Robbie Amell. It was fun to see these two running around, trying to take care of the Cole problem the group suddenly encountered.
There was some funny lines. Robbie Amell’s character was running around without a shirt on for most of the film, and when Cole asked why he did not have a shirt, Bella Thorne’s character made a reference to his physique. It was like a soap opera, trying to get the shirt off their hot male leads.
There was actually a real relationship between Cole and Bee, and that made her betrayal all the worse. The film took some time to show this relationship and that helped us develop both of those characters before all hell broke loose.
One of the strengths of the movie is the fact that it really feels as if it knows exactly what it is and that the film itself is on on the joke. It is certainly campy, and makes one think of some of those cheesy 1980s slasher films, but with more heart. There was definitely lots of blood splatter around, but it feels so cartoony with its representation of the gore that it would not be a bother to anyone worried about blood.
Judah Lewis carries this film on his youthful shoulders and he just adds to a list of solid performances by child actors this year. His relationship with Samara Weaving, who also is excellent in her role, is the center of the movie. The Babysitter was a good time and would make for an enjoyable weekend night at home.