The Babysitter: Killer Queen

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Blood, gore, crass humor in horrible horror movie.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

 Dark comedy/horror with bullying and crass humor. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are attempted parodies of teen archetypes in horror movies. Adults are typically clueless and/or negligent. 

Violence

 Horror movie blood and gore throughout. Characters killed in a variety of ways -- hacksaw to the neck, run over by cars, spontaneously combust, stabbed with a high-heeled shoe, trophy through the neck, exploding head, rudders from a running boat motor, decapitation by surfboard. Silly string and a lighter used to set fire to another character's face. Fights with axes, knives, guns. Arms are cut off. There's an attempted rape, as well as a flashback scene to one of the characters losing their parents to a car accident. Bullying.

Sex

Sex jokes and references throughout. A psychiatrist tells the lead character that he needs to "get laid," before referencing various venereal diseases. Masturbation jokes. When introduced to her classmates, a new girl to the high school tells them that she's late for her period and has been going back and forth about whether to keep the baby. When two characters start to passionately kiss, images related to sexual innuendo appear in a montage, such as a train going into a tunnel, for instance. Joke made referencing a sexual act in which several men ejaculate on a woman. 

Language

Every curse word you can think of is used in this movie at some point. "F--k" often used. "Motherf---er" used several times. "C--t" used once. 

Consumerism

A brand of condoms is directly referenced and shown as the lead character purchases a box. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens drink at a massive outdoor party. Parents smoke marijuana, shown using a bong. A dad of one of the lead characters drives while extremely high. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Babysitter: Killer Queen is a 2020 comedy/horror in which a teen must once again stop a satanic blood cult from murdering him and drinking his virginal blood. It's a sequel to the 2017 movie The Babysitter, and while it takes place two years after the original, the story stands on its own. Expect lots of exaggerated horror movie violence, gore, and blood. Characters die by a variety of weapons and implements -- everything from flamethrowers to hacksaws to high-heeled shoes. Attempted rape in one scene. Jokes about and references to sex throughout, including one involving a sexual act in which several men ejaculate on a woman. Constant profanity, including "f--k" often used, and pretty much every other curse word in the dictionary. Two dads smoke marijuana with a bong, and one of the dads drives while extremely high. Teens drink at a massive outdoor party. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPaul O September 18, 2020

Below average plot

The story wasn't very well written, has gore, and underage sex was encouraged.
Parent Written byAaron C. September 14, 2020

Same old gorefest....

It's not as good as the first part. It's the same old gorefest.
Teen, 15 years old Written byCrusader15 September 10, 2020

Why the one star?

It’s actually a really good movie and extremely entertaining, I personally think the critics are being too harsh on it, it’s just a dumb horror comedy
Teen, 14 years old Written byGigi.13 September 10, 2020

Gore, Violence and Language

I personally thought the movie was great, of course there was a lot of violence and gore. I would recommend parental approval.

What's the story?

In THE BABYSITTER: KILLER QUEEN, Cole (Judah Lewis) is starting high school. It has been two years since he survived and defeated a satanic blood cult led by his babysitter Bee, and since that time, he has been scorned, ridiculed, and bullied for maintaining the veracity of the ordeal. His parents believe he has mental health issues, and his therapist thinks he just needs to lose his virginity. Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind), Cole's best friend and unrequited crush, is the only one who believes his story. On the same day that Cole discovers that he's going to be taken to a high school for students with psychiatric disorders, Melanie encourages Cole to skip school and go with her to a gigantic party on a nearby lake. That night, while partying on a houseboat, Cole finds that the evil forces he thought he had defeated have returned, and there are some new faces as well. With the help of a mysterious new girl in school named Phoebe, Cole must find a way to survive the night, and not be part of a blood ritual that resurrects his demonic enemies. 

Is it any good?

The only remotely funny aspect of this movie is, paradoxically, one of its most subtle. The Babysitter: Killer Queen is set in Illinois, a land not known for having mountains, mesas, and deserts, but they're here in this movie just the same. It's a nice dig at the great and not-so-great horror movies that are supposed to be set in the flat-land Midwest despite looking an awful lot like California, and even when they go so far as to name the town "Haddonfield" (the same town stalked by one Michael Myers), it's still moderately amusing. That said, the rest of the movie is obnoxious, crass, idiotic, and, ultimately, a tedious exercise in failed humor.

Besides "Haddonfield," there are references to other movies splattered throughout, and these jokes compete with sex jokes, stoner jokes, cartoonish violence, and painful moments of self aware B-movie acting and dialogue. None of it works. Some scenes feel like sitting through bad sketch comedy, and other scenes feel like sitting through bad improv comedy. While no one expects this to be an arthouse film masterpiece, one would at least hope that the bloody bombast and crass jokes would provide at least a fraction of the entertainment of the movies they reference or parody. Instead, it's like watching an endless succession of humor attempts that fail to land. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about horror movies. How does The Babysitter: Killer Queen compare to other horror movies you've seen?

  • How is this movie an example of a "comedy-horror" movie? How does the movie use exaggerated violence and parody to attempt a comedic take on the horror genre?

  • How was profanity used in the movie? Did it heighten the jokes and dialogue in the movie, or did it seem excessive and gratuitous?

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