Writer: Dan Lagana, Brad Morris, Jimmy Warden, McG (Screenplay)
Starring: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Jenny Ortega, Emily Alyn Ling, Andrew Bachelor, Robbie Amell
Plot: Two years after Cole survived a satanic blood cult, he’s living another nightmare: high school. And the demons from his past? Still making his life hell.
Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Babysitter: Killer Queen starts two years after the events of the first film, Cole (Lewis) seems to be the only person to remember what happened that night, still haunted by the events of that night, which see him needing therapy, while struggling through high school, becoming distant from his closest friend Melanie (Lind).
When Melanie encourages Cole to ditch school for a lake party, he sees everyone having fun, while he is still trying to understand how to find himself in the way others do. Until he learns that the cult behind the babysitter’s have been planning for him to finish him off for good.
Thoughts on The Babysitter: Killer Queen
Characters – Cole is still haunted by the events of that night with Bee, he doesn’t fit in school, always worrying, not being to just enjoy his youth like the rest of the students. He finds himself facing a special school or just going on a big night out with friends, which sees him needing to fight against the demons again. Phoebe is the new girl in school, she comes off in the way of not wanting to make friends, but on her big night out, she finds herself needing to work with Cole to survive. Melanie was Cole’s best friend, the one person who still talks to him and encourages him to come on the night out, only to show her true colours of wanting to become immortal. We do get the returning faces that have come to collect the soul they never captured last time out, we also see how they get recruited by Bee in the first place.
Performances – Judah Lewis might not be as strong as he should be in the horror side of the leading role, but does handle the more serious side of awkwardness through the film. Jenna Ortega as the bad girl works well, with Emily Alyn Lind continuing her darker turn in horror well here. Most of the supporting cast get the laughs through the film, which will show them playing into the stereotypes.
Story – The story here picks up two years after the first film, Cole is still traumatised by what happened, but not he is trying to get through the high school scene, only to find himself facing the same problems, from a new threat, one closer to home. This does build well in places, with the characters being full blown parodies of the stereotypes, while not holding back on the ritual talk, with a twist involved that does seem to bring a fresh light on the high school desire to be popular. Everything does play out in a similar tone, only with the demons wanting to prepare for what might come their way, along with the continuing one on one battles with them.
Comedy/Horror – The comedy in the film is the strongest part of the film, it is very self-aware laughs through the film, with more of the horror coming from the blood splatter more than anything else.
Settings – The film moves away from the home settings, moving into a desert lake area, which adds to the chase idea, as well as showing us a location, teenagers could hang around.
Special Effects – The effects in the film are what happens to the demons, most look great with the splatter looking part comical through the film.
Scene of the Movie – Reindeer games.
Final Thoughts – This is a fun comedy horror sequel, it has the laughs, while being filled with plenty of splatter over anything else.