The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) Review

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The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) Review

Horrorific content by Christina Dee on September 18th, 2020 | Movie Review | Slasher, Comedy, Teen, Satanic

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The Babysitter: Killer Queen was directed by McG and stars Judah Lewis (from Summer of ’84 and I See You), Bella Thorne (from Amityville: The Awakening), Emily Alyn Lind (from Doctor Sleep and Hidden) and Hana Mae Lee (from Babysitter).

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Babysitter 2020 Review

If you were a fan of 2017’s runaway Netflix horror hit, The Babysitter, then it makes sense that the freshly released The Babysitter: Killer Queen would be somewhere on your current to-watch list. Like its predecessor, this newest installment in the series is directed by McG. Judah Lewis returns as the ill-fated, traumatized lead, Cole Johnson. The film also sees the return of many of the actors from the original, including Bella Thorne, Hana Mae Lee, and Robbie Amell.

The plotline of The Babysitter: Killer Queen picks up with Cole (Lewis) two years after the horrific events of the previous film. Understandably, he’s still haunted by the experience of nearly being murdered by his babysitter and her friends. However, the only person in Cole’s life who doesn’t believe he’s gone entirely bananas is his friend Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind).  

When Cole realizes that his parents are planning to send him away for psychiatric care, he and Melanie escape together to the lake for the weekend. However, things get pretty dicey from there. Cole once again finds himself facing the Satanic cult from the original film, complete with nearly all of its original members. How will he fare against the nefarious intentions of his old foes this time?

Even diehard fans of The Babysitter likely aren’t walking into the sequel expecting fine cinema, and that’s probably for the best. The Babysitter: Killer Queen isn’t trying to be anything it’s not. Like a lot of horror sequels, going bigger, bolder, bloodier, and crazier was the aim of this film, and it does accomplish that in some ways. However, it also gets a lot looser and harder to believe.

Depending on what you’re looking to get out of the experience of watching this, you may like this film’s splashy, over the top approach just fine. (The premise is more or less the same as the original, so the extra color hardly hurts.) The Babysitter: Killer Queen is packed with raucous, MTV-style humor and almost too many pop culture references for comfort. You’ll definitely groan at some of it, but there are some fun moments you’ll enjoy, as well.

There’s also plenty of blood and guts to be enjoyed here – much more than you saw in the original, which is as it should be with this type of sequel. Cole’s former babysitter’s resurrected cult-mates are just as enjoyable to watch on screen as they were the first time around. However, the film suffers without the delightful presence of Samara Weaving as the bloodthirsty babysitter, Bee.

As far as performances go, Jenny Ortega as the new girl, Phoebe is the one to watch here. She winds up stealing nearly every scene from Judah Lewis, although the two are enjoyable to watch together. Phoebe enters the cast as a quirky outsider you see in so many teen-focused films, but it doesn’t take long for her to prove she’s the one with the real brains here – always an excellent way to flip the script.

Worth Watching?

So, should you bother with The Babysitter: Killer Queen? If the only thing you enjoyed about the first Babysitter film was Samara Weaving’s incredible screen presence, there’s admittedly not much to like about the sequel. However, it does do a decent job of delivering a bloody, cheesy good time for those that dug the humor and gore of The Babysitter as much as they did the murderous Bee.

Love it or hate it, you won’t be bored by this film. After all, who couldn’t use a little mindless fun that doesn’t take itself too seriously once in a while?

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