31 Days of Hell: The Babysitter Killer Queen Delivers on a Comedic Gory Slasher


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If you are looking for something lighter to watch during October’s 31 Days of Hell, look no further than McG’s The Babysitter: Killer Queen, the sequel to the 2017 film The Babysitter. Both films were fun to watch, and blended light horror elements such as gore with comedy, creating a light hearted movie that accomplished what it set out to do, and not a whole lot more.

The first movie featured Cole (Judah Lewis), a nerdy kid who has a great relationship with his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving), until one night he stays up past his bed time and witnesses her performing a sacrifice to the devil. After hacking his way through her cultist friends and learning how to stand up for himself, Cole grows as a person and learns to be assertive. It was a little disappointing in light of this lesson that at the beginning of the sequel, which takes place two years later, Cole is back to being a nerdy, bullied kid. Somehow all evidence of the first movie’s events was erased, and everyone believes that Cole is losing his mind. His parents put him on medication and are about to ship him off to a psychiatric school when Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind) invites him out to a weekend on the lake with her friends. There, the blood cult resurfaces, featuring all the actors from the original reprising their roles for the sequel, along with a new group of cultists trying to perform a sacrifice to ask the devil for favors.

Bringing back the original characters may have been a slightly lazy tactic for a sequel, but the way that the original characters changed and the new characters added made up for it. Melanie’s father (Chris Wylde) took on a larger role, and took his role as comic relief to a new extreme. His mid-life crisis has deepened since the events of the first film, and he has pulled Cole’s father into his shenanigans, creating some genuinely funny moments.

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The new girl in school, Phoebe (Jenna Ortega), was also a welcome addition to the cast. From the beginning she makes it clear that she will be her own person, unbeholden to what others think of her.

Among the genuinely funny and clever aspects were the little flashbacks we were given as to understand why the original cultists joined up with Bee, mostly for petty and meaningless reasons. Max’s flashback featured him shirtless working in a fast food restaurant with a nametag pinned to his chest. He continues to be a cheerleader for Cole, even as he is trying to kill him. This was one of my favorite aspects of the first movie, and I’m glad it made it into the sequel. Without any goals grander than murder, Max helping Cole between trying to kill him was both funny, and sort of endearing.

The small things made this movie more enjoyable as well, such as the little editing quirks inserted sporadically throughout the film. A sound effect here and there to emphasize a character’s hand motions. The text on the screen introducing the characters by name and including a little bit about them. The way the soundtrack would start and stop shows a real control and intentionality to the editing process that made the film more engaging, and therefore more enjoyable to watch.

Although this may not send chills down your spine, or force you to introspect on the nature of humanity as other horror movies attempt to do, this set out to be a light hearted, gory, slasher comedy, and it achieved that goal. McG has said that he has a third film in mind depending on the response to the second. So if you are looking for more in The Babysitter series, head on over to Netflix and watch The Babysitter: Killer Queen during this 31 Days of Hell.

-Patrick Bernas