Let’s establish this: if you weren’t into 2017’s The Babysitter, nothing in its sequel will change your mind. If you happen to like that movie, The Babysitter: Killer Queen provides more of the same but is a surprising improvement over its predecessor in numerous ways, and has some huge surprises in store.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen picks up two years after the previous installment and once again follows Cole Johnson (Judah Lewis), now in his junior year of high school. He’s an outcast as no one believes him about the events of the first film and there’s no evidence left behind, forcing his parents to consider sending him to a school for troubled teens. Running out of options, Cole runs away with his neighbour Mel (Emily Alyn Lind) to the lake for a weekend getaway, changing the setting from suburbia to a desert lake. Soon they run into old enemies (Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Andrew Bachelor and Hana Mae Lee) long thought to be dead and all hell quite literally breaks loose.
Using the admittedly familiar set-up, Killer Queen right off the bat brings unexpected twists into the mix. Without delving into spoiler territory the twists and reveals in Killer Queen are enough alone to bring a grin to the face of any fan of the first film. The film also excels in the humour department providing more laughs than the first one did, with the jokes landing a lot harder this time around. Where the humour felt forced in some parts of The Babysitter, the sequel leans into the fact that the premise and events contained therein are entirely over the top and obnoxiously impossible.
Director McG once again brings his trademark style into the sequel, featuring neon cutaways, pastel colours and over the top gore effects. What holds it back is that sometimes the digital cinematography can sometimes look downright ugly — other times, it’s evocative of those cheap direct-to-video sequels, which doesn’t seem like an intentional choice. The gore is also “enhanced” by CGI, which outright ruins some of the great practical effects that are there. The acting and writing remains over the top and sometimes really works in favour of its humour, but Judah Lewis provides a strong performance as a PTSD-ridden Cole who is still haunted by the events of the first film.
With some awesome twists and improved sense of humour, The Babysitter: Killer Queen is a fun movie to watch with a group, to knock back a few drinks, and not think too hard about it. It is another fine addition to Netflix’s strong 2020 offerings.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen is available to stream exclusively on Netflix now
by Reyna Cervantes