A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dark comedy/horror with bullying and crass humor.
Positive Role Models
Characters are attempted parodies of teen archetypes in horror movies. Adults are typically clueless and/or negligent.
Violence & Scariness
Horror movie blood and gore throughout. Characters killed in 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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Every curse word you can think of is used in this movie at some point. "F--k" often used. "Motherf----r" used several times. "C--t" used once.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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 occurs in one scene. There are jokes about and references to sex throughout, including reference to a sexual act in which several men ejaculate on a woman. Constant profanity includes "f--k" (which is used often) 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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 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.
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