Netflix has been pretty cagey about giving away too many details about their upcoming horror comedy, The Babysitter, which stars Disney icon Bella Thorne.
Thus far all we’ve really known is that Thorne is in the movie, that it was directed by McG, and that it’s sat unreleased for over a year for some unknown reason, after Netflix snapped up its distribution rights when nobody else wanted it.
The implication has been that this movie – about a boy who discovers that his sexy teenage babysitter is trying to murder him as part of a ritualistic pact with the devil – must be somehow terrible. Presumably Netflix has very little faith in this project, and has been keeping it under wraps until it can be snuck out just before Stranger Things returns and the world has a more important horror story to focus on.
Watching the trailer for the movie pretty much confirms this assumption. Boy, does this look crappy.
First off, it’s worth pointing out that while The Babysitter has been primarily sold to the world as a Bella Thorne movie, the Disney Channel alum isn’t actually the titular antagonist.
Apparently, Thorne plays the cheerleader henchwoman of the actual babysitter, played by Samara Weaving, and if the trailer is any indication, it looks like Thorne’s character may bow out of this film sooner rather than later.
Weaving is somewhat less well known than Bella Thorne, unless you’re a fan of Australian soaps or the impressively unimportant Monster Trucks movie from last year that nobody even knew existed until it was too late.
It’s not hard to spot director McG’s signature style here – this is an over-the-top trailer with lots of stupid, gratuitous shots of blood, boobs, and stupid jokes. This is definitely the same guy that directed Charlie’s Angels, and his tastes clearly haven’t matured in the intervening years.
This movie is most definitely aimed at the teenage boy market; the kind of viewers who’ll have their minds blown by all the sexy women, violence, and crass humor. Make no mistake: this is clearly not a good movie.
But, on the other hand, it is a bad movie, and that’s kind of great in and of itself.
Somehow, inexplicably, we’ve ended up in a modern cinematic environment where bad movies don’t really exist anymore. Instead of seeing true trainwrecks, we mostly get average films that land a little flat, not really being interesting enough to be described as good or bad.
Passable movies, some commenters call them. The kinds of films that happen, and are fine, have no real flaws, and are enjoyable enough, but leave no impact on the audience.
The Babysitter doesn’t look like this kind of film. It looks like it’s stupid and ridiculous to the point of eye-rolling, but that B-movie sexsploitation vibe is something that is strangely sorely lacking from modern films.
No, this isn’t going to win any Oscars, but it’s looking like it’s certainly going to be more memorable than most of the summer blockbusters we yawned our way through this year.
It’ll be less technically nuanced than, say, Transformers: The Last Knight or Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but it looks like it might just be infinitely more watchable in a fun, ironic, tongue-in-cheek manner.
So while Netflix clearly doesn’t have a lot of faith in The Babysitter, it might just actually be worth watching. Get your friends together, order a pizza, play a drinking game where you finish your glass whenever someone says the word “boob”, and have a good time with some terrible entertainment.
The Babysitter looks really, really stupid, but in the current climate of drab blockbusters, that actually makes it one of the most appealing movies of the year.