Babysitter Wanted [DVD]
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Horror written and directed by Jonas Barnes. Sheltered teenager Angie Albright (Sarah Thompson) has been brought up in a devout Christian home, but is about to head off into the outside world to begin college. Shortly after beginning her studies, she is offered a babysitting job on a remote farm, where she receives a string of mysterious and threatening phone calls. While her young charge sleeps upstairs, Angie is subjected to a night of terror that knows no limits.
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What she thinks is a madman comes to the house and tries to kill the boy however she manages to,like the intruder and rescue the boy. Big mistake, the child turns out to be the Devils son. The "parents" return home and all hell breaks loose.
Essentially a young girl desperate for cash (in this case to buy a bed) takes a babysitting job with a very loving sweet all American couple. She spends an evening looking after their somewhat creepy son who wears a cowboy outfit all the time. There are strange noises outside and someone is trying to get in. She must defend herself and the boy against whatever evil lurks outside. A cat and mouse chase ensues which eventually involves capture and pretty horrific murder scene.
That scene is the highlight of the film. Generally I am not a fan of lengthy torture scenes in movies. I think that they tend to be a bit too much. However, this is filmed with a real sense of humour which elevates it substantially. As our heroine sits bound in the corner of a shed her captor lays another girl out on a butchering table (this is set in cattle country) and happily and animatedly talks her through the process of butchering a human as though he is discussing his barbecue technique. It is the counter-point of hideous evil with small town banality which works very well. But most of the film doesn't pull off that trick.
This has little new for hardened horror fans and little to offer those who only like the occasional horror outing.
When she decides to do a babysitting job deep in the rural farmland, it's obvious that we're entering typical slasher territory, but interesting elements are thrown in to spice it up: the enormous landscape is shown to great effect to emphasise just how ridiculously isolated (but gorgeous) the area is, and the other actors are all nicely played and likeable.
When the thriller/horror antics kick off, the tension is handled well, and the shocks are good. But where the film really scores an ace is in it's slightly crazy twist. It's worth approaching this movie with an open mind: some viewers will love the twist, feeling that it enhances the movie and raises it to a whole other level (like I did) others will find it just too zany to enjoy and feel it spoils the film.
Personally I thought it turned an average slasher into a great idea with a mischievous undercurrent of fun, and made this gruesome, violent, entertaining thriller a great fun movie.
Still, standing alone its a good. 7/10
As expected her evening is not going to go well.
What really lets this film down initially is its over reliance on 'scare chords' to try and create a jump moment. There's a discordant piece of music nearly every time anything happens. There's no need for it at all and it just feels cheap. To make matters worse Angie's character comes across as dull at times and really managed to just seem a little thick when after seeing that someone had been watching her to the extent that she looked directly at the person, when someone asks her why she is so jumpy she replies that she doesn't know, she just gets the feeling that someone's watching her.
As the night of babysitting progresses Angie feels more uneasy, so much so that we now get a scare chord when she takes a mug from a shelf.
Eventually the stalker makes his appearance and finally after 50 minutes the film looks like it might actually be good, and for 15 minutes it is. Unfortunately it descends into mediocrity again and just doesn't really do anything that makes it really stand out.
There are some good gore effects, but they all happen in that 15 minute part of the film that is actually enjoyable and after that it all just seems a bit silly.
It isn't a completely unwatchable film but it does feel tiresome and the first 50 minutes are a real chore to get through. More of a rental than a purchase as it isn't really worth repeat viewings. Shame really as there are hints of a good film in there somewhere.
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could not see half of what was going on as it was dark only the back music let you know that something sinister was happening.Published 1 month ago by Weebeauj
its not the best movie ever, but it certainly isn't the worst I have seen. its not scary (but saying that....there is not a horror movie to date that scares me! Read morePublished 8 months ago by zoe