The Babysitter ★★★★

Yesterday I watched "The Babysitter (2017)" on Netflix. This movie is directed by McG (Terminator Salvation) and written by Brian Duffield (Insurgent). The cast includes Samara Weaving (Home and Away), Judah Lewis (Demolition), Bella Thorne (Amityville: The Awakening), Robbie Amell (The DUFF), Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect), Andrew Bachelor (Meet the Blacks), Emily Alyn Lind (Mockingbird), Leslie Bibb (Trick 'r Treat) and Ken Marino (Role Models). The Babysitter has been on my radar ever since the filming process started roughly two years ago. I was holding out hope for a theatrical release, but Netflix ended up acquiring this movie for their streaming service late last year. After finally watching The Babysitter I can assure you that it should've gotten a limited theatrical release at the very least. I've had such a major blast with this edgy and bloody horror comedy. The entire ensemble cast delivers great performances and clearly had a lot of fun playing their respective roles. Bella Thorne basically stole almost every scene that she was in and is a surprising source of comic relief throughout her screen time. An iconic performance! Love her current evolution in the horror genre and I'm excited for her other two movies releasing later this month. The chemistry between Samara Weaving and Judah Lewis was convincing. Both deserve to breakthrough in Hollywood anytime soon. Honorable mentions are in order for the hunky Robbie Amell, creepy Hana Mae Lee and adorable "mini Billie Lourd" Emily Alyn Lind. McG's first horror (directed) joint is impressive. Brian Duffield penned a biting and sophisticated script that I totally fell in love with. Kudos to him. The retro soundtrack made it feel like watching a horror movie from the 80's. The death scenes are graphic and Home Alone-esque. I think the "satanic cult" aspect of the story could've used more explanation. A longer running time wouldn't have hurt either. The Babysitter is easily one of the best (horror) movies of the year. I can honestly see this getting a sequel. Be sure to watch it on Netflix in time for Halloween! Let's hope that a home video release is in the cards.

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