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Review The Babysitter (2017) and The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020): Underrated gems!

genre: comedy, horror, action

All this time I was under the impression that The Babysitter was another Netflix production that was average at best and was just a nice movie to pass the time. But after having watched both I must say that I am pleasantly surprised. Both the films are more than that.

The Babysitter might not be entirely original. It does play around with the conventions of teen comedies, horror films and other subjects involving teens in films. It's not super meta but there is enough there to bring a smile to your face. And it looks like that this film is a passion project for director McG and not just something to earn money with. All kinds of films are parodied. The Home Alone reference is the most obvious one. However The Babysitter does more than goof around with expectations. It also takes it time to show heart. Perhaps the topic of bullying and fitting in has been done to death in films. But I like how it was handled. It is something that still is incredibly actual and undoubtedly will resonate with a lot of people. 

What really helps is the cast. Our main character Cole is very likable and you root for him all the way. I really liked how he portrayed his character development. Samara Weaving is an actress I sometimes like and sometimes I don't, Most of the time it is because of the projects she is in. I am now convinced it's not her. She has proven that she can do a lot if given the chance to do so. Besides, McG certainly amped up her hotness in these films. Another thing that helps is the factd that the comedy elements in this film are truly funny. But at the same time isn't shy of showing blood and gore. Usually it's hard to combine these. Except McG shows he understands his craft.

The Babysitter is a blast from start to finish. It might not have real surprises in store but I'll take heart over that all the time.

Review The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)

It's real rare for a sequel to be superior. But this is exactly the case here. This film has even more heart than the original. But at the same time is even more gruesome and funnier.

The Babysitter: Killer Queen is more than a rehash of the original. Sure it repeats certain elements but is not afraid to make fun of this fact. However it builds on what was set up in the first in ways that struck a cord with me. Actually I thought most of what McG was doing is quite clever. Nostalgia is the magic word here. While millenials or Generation Z are being made fun of the Eighties and everything tied to it is being praised. Although in a way that is subtle and open for different interpretations. But the vibe and atmosphere is undoubtedly very Eighties.

For the sake of your enjoyment I won't spoil anything. Just trust me on it that events and plot are solid. I do want to add on the visuals. I recently purchased a 4K HDR 10 / Dolby Vision capable television with Ambilight. And let me tell you that it certainly enhances the viewing experience. The colours of this film were popping like crazy. Now while I certainly can appreciate eye candy. I do prefer plot and substance over visuals. But I can also tell you that the Dolby Vision element definitely is not something that should be underestimated. Combined with the fun this film provides you certainly will have a good time. I can't even begin to explain to you how much I appreciated and needed this distraction.

Overall The Babysitter: Killer Queen is a must watch. Especially for the ones who liked the original. McG says that if the fans want he is going to make a third one. Well, I want it McG!

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