The Babysitter: Killer Queen is a horror-comedy movie directed by McG and starring Judah Lewis, Jenna Ortega, Emily Alyn Lind and Samara Weaving.
Where’s the charm?
2017’s The Babysitter was quite the enjoyable movie. It was funny, quirky and fresh, and brought something very new to the table. Also, Samara Weaving was exceptional.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen takes the story two years after Cole’s fated night with the satanic cult. Now at school and at home, he’s having a tough time dealing with the consequences of that night. No one believes him except for his best friend, neighbour and major crush Melanie. However, things do not seem to be what they are, and very soon he meets the people he never thought he’d have to again.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen is nothing like the first movie, which is a shame because that one was pretty awesome. There’s nothing new or innovative. Honestly, it’s just a repetition of the same movie. The novelty that the first movie provided, is absolutely missing in this one. The characters are caricatures of themselves, and there’s an addition of another character that we don’t care about.
Okay okay, one thing at a time. If you’ve watched the first movie, you’ll know that the dialogues were so original and quirky that it’d make you laugh every 2 minutes. This movie tries to live-off of the legacy of the first, with the same dialogues repeated, but with an added “again.” For example, before the mayhem begins, a card appears on screen that says “What The Fu**?!…. AGAIN?!??” I mean, I guess.
And you know, I wouldn’t mind that either, if the kills or the general story did something different. However, there’s not a moment that feels new. People die in similar scenarios, and it is so overdramatised that it loses its charm. Quirk and in-your-face can be very potent in your story when administered in controlled doses. The Babysitter: Killer Queen takes the best of the first movie and puts quirk at a hundred times the original, rendering it quite silly and not funny, and honestly cringy.
Now, the new characters that we see here, we don’t care about them. Most of them die before anything happens, and the old ones who do return seem to still be stuck in the first movie. I mean… they’re stuck in limbo, so… I guess? But it still is a very lazy attempt at generating humour from a three-year-old movie.
The best part of The Babysitter, Bee, comes in too late, although that’s the only part where you’ll get any form of interest. Cole’s new girlfriend Phoebe is the “rebel” character who has more than meets the eye – something we’ve seen too many times and don’t care about. However, there’s a genuine place of emotion at the fag end of the movie between Bee, Cole and Phoebe, that is emotional and heartwarming.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen has a lot of gore. However, be it blood gushing out or heads being pulled off – it all looks so fake that it takes away from the movie. Lovers of gore might have some fun here, but it doesn’t look good enough for us to be invested or feel disgusted.
We don’t feel bad when any of these characters die, neither do we feel angry. It’s a very weird space of indifference that I didn’t expect to feel for The Babysitter’s sequel. However, acting’s pretty good, and Judah Lewis as the awkward and anxiety-driven teen makes for a good watch. Additionally, Samara Weaving’s very small scene reminds me why the first movie was so good – she has a natural flair for horror and horror comedies.
Summing up: The Babysitter: Killer Queen
The Babysitter: Killer Queen tries to live off of the well-deserved popularity of the first movie that does not work in its favour. There’s nothing genuine or fun about it, and it thus drags a lot, even at 102 minutes. And the dialogues are probably the worst part of this sequel. All-in-all, quite the disappointment.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen is streaming on Netflix.
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