Sometimes a movie is so bad there just isn’t much to say about it.
THE BABYSITTER: KILLER QUEEN (2020) is one of these movies.
The only reason I watched it is I really liked the first movie, THE BABYSITTER (2017), a lively comedy horror flick, lifted by the spirited performance of Samara Weaving as the demonic babysitter. Now, knowing that Weaving wasn’t the focus of the sequel, I really wasn’t that into seeing THE BABYSITTER: KILLER QUEEN, although I took solace in knowing that nearly everyone else involved in the first movie was back for this second one. So I did hold out a little bit of hope…..
THE BABYSITTER: KILLER QUEEN takes place two years after the events of THE BABYSITTER, and young Cole (Judah Lewis) is suffering in high school because no one believes his story that he was attacked by a demons two years earlier. He says he feels like Sarah Connor in TERMINATOR 2, one of the many geeky film references in the film, just like there were in the first movie. However, this time the magic of film geekdom is completely ineffective. Students pick on Cole, and his parents want to enroll him in a psychiatric high school.
So, Cole turns to his good friend Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind), and these two have had a crush on each other since the first movie, but she’s seeing someone else, of course. Nonetheless, she invites Cole to a lakeside party, and he agrees to go, and it’s there where the devil worshipping teens and their demon friends try once again to use Cole’s blood as part of a demonic blood sacrifice.
Blah, blah, blah.
THE BABYSITTER: KILLER QUEEN lost me within the first five minutes of the movie, which made the next hour and thirty five minutes extremely painful to sit through. And the main reason it lost me is the script is dreadful. The plot is absolutely ridiculous and has no basis in reality, and worse, the jokes simply aren’t funny. Which is completely opposite from the first movie. Of course, THE BABYSITTER was written by Brian Duffield. Here we have all new writers, as the screenplay was written by Dan Lagana, Brad Morris, Jimmy Warden, and director McG. It’s sad that four writers worked on this and the film is still god-awful.
If you’re going to tell a story that is so far from reality, you’d best have a very funny script. And that simply isn’t the case here.
As Cole, Judah Lewis was almost as memorable as Samara Weaving in the first movie, but part of that movie’s charm was the way those two characters interacted. That’s all gone here in the sequel, and Cole just isn’t all that interesting this time around.
In a small role in THE BABYSITTER, Emily Alyn Lind was very good as Melanie, the girl next door who had a crush on Cole and had his back. Things start out well this time around as well, but then the plot throws a curve involving Melanie that makes absolutely no sense and pretty much ruins the character.
The devil worshipping teens from the first movie return here, now as demons, but all they do is try to rehash the magic from the first movie but fail miserably at it.
Things do get a little better for a time when new teen Phoebe (Jenna Ortega) gets more screen time as she and Cole team up to battle the demons, and the two characters share some nice scenes together, but since the rest of the movie is so bad, their scenes don’t really carry much weight.
Director McG who imbued the first film with flashy style and creative direction, making a very amusing horror comedy, does none of that here in the sequel. The jokes don’t work, the horror doesn’t work, and the characters are ridiculously unrealistic.
Samara Weaving does show up at the end again as Bee, the babysitter, in time to be a part of one of the most ludicrous plot twists I’ve seen in some time.
Not only is THE BABYSITTER: KILLER QUEEN a terrible sequel, it’s flat out one of the worst movies I’ve seen this year.
It’s not even about a babysitter. Bee was the babysitter in the first movie, and she was the main character. Here, she shows up for the final few minutes.
Simply put, you do not want to waste any time on THE BABYSITTER:KILLER QUEEN. It’s the type of movie that gives sequels a bad name.
We’re not THAT trapped by pandemic…(There is still channel/streaming choice!)