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[Movie Review] The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) ★★★★☆

Cole and Melanie in the car as best friends in The Babysitter Killer Queen 2020

The Babysitter: Killer Queen is another mashup occult party of silliness and over the top fun. 


The Babysitter: Killer Queen is a Netflix Original supernatural occult horror comedy and a sequel to The Babysitter (2017). According to the unspoken rules of a sequel there should be more kills, more fun, more gore and an even bigger twist. Killer Queen delivers more kills, a bigger twist, more story, but although the kills are brutal and gory, there’s less emphasis on the slasher part and the home-alone brutality. Luckily there’s Cole to rely on, who has stayed exactly the same and who’s still a brilliant accidental killer and survivor. And now he gets help from new girl Phoebe to give this silly occult over the top hilarious slasher a big heart. The Babysitter had a fresh and authentic voice and vibe that is continued in Killer Queen. So sit back and have a silly old good time.


Plot

It’s been two years since Cole had to fight off the evil Satanic blood cult who was out for his blood. But all the bodies have disappeared leaving just Cole and a destroyed house. Nobody believes him it really happened. His parents want to put him in a psychiatric school and at school he gets bullied. Only Melanie who was with him that night saw everything. She believes him but encourages him not to talk about it and act normal.

When his parents want to take him to the psychiatric school, Melanie invites him to spent the weekend with her and her friends at the lake in a boat house. Wanting to escape being declared crazy he agrees. But it’s too late when he finds out that everything that happened two years ago, is about to happen, again. Luckily this time he’s not on his own. Phoebe the new weird girl from school is dragged into his survival adventure and together they maybe make it through the night. 


Why you should watch it

While the The Babysitter was a hilarious film, because it was fresh and full of twists and over the top kills and characters that were too stupid and funny, Killer Queen can’t quite top that. Instead, it repeats some fun gags that worked in the first film, like why Max is always shirtless, and Allison got shot in the boob again. This can feel a bit repetitive, but because the film is aware of it and does it with glee, it still works out fine and manages to deliver some new original bizarre kills.

But this time there’s more focus on the story and on Cole and Phoebe and less focus on the comical kills. Nor is the focus on the comedy of the stupidity of the cult. Because yes, they’re back. Although not with as much screen time as before, Allison, Max, John and Sonya are up for another try to get Cole. But now there has risen a new younger cult, as they always do, with a new babe as their leader. She is the main new villain of the film and she one to watch out for. 

Cole is the big heart of the film. Still innocent, a bit geeky and awkward, but still endearing, although he has now reached an age where his new concern is not to stay at home all by himself, but to get laid. So, more sex jokes are inevitable. Still the crudeness lies within the ruthless killings and not in the cheesy juvenile humor. 

Killer Queen is not only a sequel, where Cole has to run for his life again, but it also ties this film with the first with a new character and a nice reveal at the end. Phoebe is a cool tough girl with a grisly past and she’s just the perfect girl for Cole. It’s a nice choice to provide him with a companion, so he can share his fight for survival but also now someone else will believe him. 

Together Cole and Phoebe bring the storyline of both films and of Killer Queen to a heartwarming ending. While holding the silliness in check. 

The music and the playful intermezzos and the good cinematography and editing make up together an exciting fun film that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it does with Cole and Phoebe. Their personal stories and feelings are at the core of the film that hold it together and make it a fun and hilarious ride that nearly spins out of control, but always just keeps on track. 


My favorite part

The first big twist of course was a bummer and a what the hell moment, it totally messed things up in a good way. It was a great new spin on the original story and maybe even inevitable. Phoebe was a great addition to the story. She made a great team with Cole and her epic Mortal Combat fight was really entertaining and so much fun. The ending of course was just as moving as in the first film and had another surprise for us in store. The fun editing gags and intermezzo’s were greatly done and added something fresh to the film, without feeling forced. It was just another fun mashup that felt flashy and playful and bloody gory to boot.


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★☆

Fun factor: ★★★★☆

Gore factor: ★★★★☆

Originality factor: ★★★★☆

Entertainment factor: ★★★★★


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Cast and crew

The Babysitter is directed by McG and written by Dan Lagana, McG, Brad Morris and Jimmy Warden. It stars Judah Lewis (Cole), Jenna Ortega (Phoebe), Samara Weaving (Bee), Emily Alyn Lind (Melanie), Hana Mae Lee (Sonya), Robbie Amell (Max), Bella Thorne (Allison), Andrew Bachelor (John), Leslie Bibb (Mom) and Ken Marino (Dad), Maximilian Acevedo (Jimmy), Juliocesar Chavez (Diego) and Chris Wylde (Melanie’s Dad).

Duration: 101 minutes. Music: Bear McCreary Cinematography: Scott Henriksen. Edited by: Martin Bernfield. Produced by: McG, Mary Viola, Zack Schiller. Production company: Boies/Schiller Film Group, Wonderland Sound and Vision. Distributed by: Netflix.


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