Directed by: McG
Written by: Brian Duffield
Produced by: McG, Mary Viola, Zack Schiller
Other cast: Judah Lewis, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Andrew Bachelor
Release date: 13 October 2017 (USA)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Running time: 1h 25min
The Babysitter is an American teen horror-comedy film released by Netflix. The film stars Samara Weaving, Judah Lewis, Hana Mae Lee, Robbie Amell and Bella Thorne. The plot: Cole loves his babysitter Bee. She's hot, funny, and popular. One night, in a moment of defiance, Cole secretly stays up past his bedtime to discover she's actually a cold-blooded killer who's in league with the Devil. He now must spend his night evading Bee's band of killers who will stop at nothing to prevent Cole from spilling their dark secret. It's up to Cole to survive the night (and blow up a few people along the way).
Twelve-year-old Cole Johnson is bullied by his neighbor Jeremy, but his babysitter Bee stands up for him and scares Jeremy off. The following day, when his parents go out for an overnight stay at a hotel, Bee and Cole spend quality time together until he has to go to bed. Cole is encouraged by a text from his neighbor and best friend Melanie to go see what Bee gets up to after he goes to sleep. To his surprise, he sees what looks like Bee and several of her high school friends: Max, John, Allison, Sonya, and Samuel. They are playing a game of truth or dare formatted as a game of spin the bottle. However, as Bee kisses Samuel on a dare, she pulls two daggers from behind her back and stabs him in the skull. The others collect Samuel’s blood, revealing themselves to be members of a demonic cult. Cole hurries to his room where he calls 911, puts on his shoes, and finds a pocket knife. He pretends to be asleep as Bee and the cult members enter his room to draw a blood sample. After they leave, he tries to escape out the window but Bee stays in the room, and Cole passes out from the exhaustion.
Bee and her cult question Cole, while fending off his questions by saying it was a science project. When the cops arrive, Max kills one with a poker, but the cop accidentally shoots Allison in her breast, whereas Bee and Max kill the other cop. Bee forces Cole to give them the police code to call off the other cops. While Allison complains about being shot, Cole rushes up the stairs; John pursues him, but is pushed over the banister, landing on a trophy that impales his neck.
Cole escapes out his bedroom window and hides in the crawlspace under his house. Although Sonya finds him, he traps her in the basement and then ignites a firework rocket and bug spray to blow her up. After showing appreciation for Cole’s ingenuity, Max chases Cole up the old tree house; he is killed when he falls and is hanged by the rope swing. Cole escapes to Melanie’s house, but Bee follows him. While hiding in a room, Cole apologizes to Melanie for dragging her into this situation and assures her that he is going to take care of things. He asks Melanie to call the police, then she kisses Cole before he leaves.
Cole returns to his house to find Allison, who tries to kill Cole with a kitchen knife; she is instead shot in the head with a shotgun by Bee. Bee explains to Cole that when she was young, she made a deal with The Devil to get whatever she wanted by sacrificing innocent people and spilling their blood on the ancient book while reciting its verses. Although she wants him to join her cause, Cole refuses and burns the spell book. He rushes to Melanie’s house to take her dad’s car, and drives it straight towards his house while Bee fixes the book in the living room. After crashing into her, they have one last emotional farewell before Cole climbs out of the wreckage. As the police and emergency crew arrive, Cole tells his parents that he no longer needs a babysitter. Later, a firefighter going through Cole’s house is attacked by Bee. (Source)
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- The Babysitter received mostly positive reviews by critics, and an average rating by users of Netflix. The film holds a 75% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 16 reviews, with a weighted average of 5.5/10.
- Filmed in 2015 but not released until 2017. It was intended to play in theatres until Netflix acquired the rights for streaming. It was released in October on Friday the 13th.
- The screenplay for the film was featured on the 2014 blacklist; a list of the “most liked” unproduced screenplays of the year.
- Robbie amell makes a “Friday the 13th” reference when he says “ch ch ch ch ah ah ah ah” while chasing Judah Lewis around his tree house.
- Bee’s cult is supposed to be drawn from the local high school. The actors who play John, Max and Sonya were all 28 during filming. Only Bella Thorne was close to high school age at 19.
Most of the film promotion for the film ahead of the premiere was done by Netflix, who featured the trailer for all users before the big release. While not much else was done by the cast to promote, Samara attended the premiere at the Vista Theatre on October 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California with her co-stars.
Samara on “The Babysitter”
- “There was a whole page in the script that just said ‘what the f–k’ on it. Like, they had taken the time to completely print no words other than ‘what the f–k’ on a piece of paper. And it’s true — that’s exactly the reaction. You read it and it needed an entire page of just that.”
- “My bathtub was pink by the end of all that—my hair was pink, everything was pink. But you know, the fake blood is actually delicious; it’s made of some kind of syrup, so that was a bonus!”
- “Judah and I got along so well! I love the scene in the kitchen where we’re talking about our dream team [of sci-fi heroes] to beat the ‘big bad.’ That was a lot of fun, just me and Judah in the room together.”