By Marcelo R. Bottaro
Published: October 25th, 2017
Netflix’s original film, “The Babysitter,” is a teen horror-comedy film directed and produced by Joseph McGinty Nichol and written by Brian Duffield, staring Samara Weaving, Judah Lewis, Hana Mae Lee, Robbie Amell, Andrew Bachelor (aka King Bach) and Bella Thorne.
While “The Babysitter” itself is a cliché of the unpopular kid at school, the film does manage to show some clever elements, making it both horrifying and funny at the same time. The story revolves around a twelve-year-old boy named Cole Johnson (Lewis), who’s unpopular at school and around his neighborhood. He is often bullied and is shown to be naïve at times throughout the film, like how even at the age of 12, he’s still given a babysitter whenever his parents are out. One day, his neighbor Jeremy (Miles J. Harvey) interrogates him, but his babysitter Bee (Weaving) stands up for him and sends him away. Bee is Cole’s attractive babysitter who teaches Cole to stand up for himself whenever he is bullied or attacked by the other kids; plus, she is the only one who is nice to him.
One night, when Cole’s parents leave for the night, they call up Bee to watch him. To his surprise, he sees what looks like Bee and several of her high school friends, Max, John, Allison, Sonya, and Samuel, doing something strange. They are playing a game of truth or dare, formatted as a game of spin the bottle. However, just as the scene focuses in on Bee and Samuel kissing, she pulls two daggers from behind her back and stabs him in the skull. As Cole watched this from a distance, seeing the others collecting Samuel’s blood, it is revealed that Bee and her friends are involved in a satanic cult.
The premise of this domestic cult horror film, as cliché as it is with the character roles that have been used many of times before, gets very trying at most. The chase and murder scenes with the rest of the cult, minus Bee going after Cole and attempting to kill him after he discovers the cult, while also getting help from the girl next door, Melanie, who secretly has a crush on the main protagonist, helps out the last few minutes of the film.
“The Babysitter” repeated material from old 80s horror films, and the main protagonist, Cole, who was scared and naïve, finally had the courage to stand up for himself, as would anyone else with a situation of being bullied and picked on. I wish the film would’ve focused more on that, rather than just adding the plot with the Satanic cult; it seemed a bit too much, which dries the rest of the film flat.