Friday, September 11, 2020

Netflix: Review of THE BABYSITTER: KILLER QUEEN: Boisterous Bloodbath

 September 11, 2020

"The Babysitter" was a comedy-horror film on Netflix in 2017. It was about that one harrowing  night when 12 year-old high school freshman Cole Johnson (Judah Lewis) discovered that his gorgeous babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving) was the leader of a satanic blood cult involved in human sacrifice of innocents. While it received mixed ratings from critics that year, it steadily gained cult status among teenagers. The demand was enough for Netflix to come out with a sequel this year, bring the whole cast back for more gory fun.  

Two years after the events of the first film, no one still believed Cole and his wild story. His parents had him seen by a psychiatrist who gave him pills to deal with his delusions. When he found out about his parents' plan to transfer him to a high school for psychologically-disturbed youths, Cole decided to ditch school to go with his friend Melanie to a party at the lake. That night, Cole never could have imagined that he would encounter that very same satanic blood cult all over again.

The first "Babysitter" film had a limited setting, practically just one night all around the Johnson home. He had overprotective parents (Leslie Bibb and Ken Marino) who left him with a babysitter Bee when they left town. The only friend Cole had at school was Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind), daughter of their car-enthusiast neighbor Juan (Chris Wylde). That night, Bee had her high-school friends, namely: the shirtless jock Max (Robbie Amell), the busty cheerleader Allison (Bella Thorne), the cool black dude John (Andrew Bachelor), and the goth Asian chick Sonya (Hana Mae Lee) to perform satanic rites with her. 

Most of the cast have come back for seconds. Lewis's Cole and Lind's Melanie had literally grown up taller and better-looking since the last time we saw them. The same four guys from the first film (Max, Allison, John and Sonya) are also joining in the mix as undead souls who still wanted a second chance at a deal with the devil. The senior actors playing the parents are all here again, though role of Marino's foolish dad Archie gets expanded, as well as Wylde's annoying Juan. Even Nurse Big Carl (Carl McDowell) had more scenes now. Of course, the big question will be if Samara Weaving's Bee will be back. What do you think?

Together with Cole and Melanie at the lake were a new set of friends: Jimmy (Maximilien Acevedo), Diego (Juliocesar Chavez) and Boomboom (Jennifer Foster), who did nothing more than just joshing with each other. There was also the introduction of a new troubled girl in school Phoebe (Jenna Ortega) who had an obvious chip on her shoulder from the very first time she was introduced to Cole's class. She mysteriously turned up at the same lakeside party, but left on her own personal mission on a jetski the moment she arrived.

Those who enjoyed the first film will definitely enjoy this sequel, especially seeing the cast all together again. The setting had been upgraded to more picturesque rustic locations, including a cabin in the woods where all the bloody mayhem main event will transpire. There would be more arms and necks being maimed, stabbed, or severed, with the expected fountain of blood erupting out of the stumps. All of this graphic and gory violence were all done in the spirit of fun, juvenile, wacky "comedy" -- so if you dig this kind of dark humor, then you won't be disappointed with this one.  6/10. 

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