Director McG at this point in his career is kind of like that one old person you know who is still desperately trying to hold onto their youth by over compensating by buying a fast car with flame decals while streaming on Tik Tok and smoking pot. His understanding of how teenagers talk and act must be derived from 80s films and direct to video American Pie sequels.
Not only is Babysitter Killer Queen a cringefest of jailbait ass and top 40 hits, it is also completely subpar to the original film. The Frantic cutaways of the first film worked because Cole (played once again by actor Judah Lewis) was just a kid. As a teenager now, this is just annoying. But the biggest problem with this film is the subtraction of the one thing that made the first film actually work, Samara Weaving.
I mean don’t get me wrong, the original film was by no means a classic, but at least it had Samara Weaving‘s charm that lifted that material higher than it had any business being. In Killer Queen she is replaced by Emily Alyn Lind (who reprises who role as Melanie) and You’s Jenna Ortega. Both are amazing young actresses…in other projects. Here they are kind of just there to fight over Cole and spout horrible lines of dialogue that they just can’t pull off.
As for the rest of the cast? Well Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Andrew Bachelor, and Hana Mae Lee all return as the original members of the blood cult but are pretty much just there I guess comic relief. At this point Amell is too good for this kind of role and I think I can say we are all sick of Thorne at this point. The best thing these returning characters bring to the sequel is their gory deaths. The film has some pretty spectacular decapitation scenes that make you remember you are watching a horror movie.
The ending (without giving away too many spoilers) commits the worst thing a sequel can do. Completely undermine everything that happened in the original just to have the sequel make sense. The film’s script keeps alluding to sequels being better than their originals, namely Terminator 2. This film is not Terminator 2. Its Terminator Salvation, which hey makes sense why it’s that level of suck because McG directed that film too.
This film is cringe. It’s not needed. And it finds a way to insult the original by just existing. Stay far away from this film because it deserves the double head shot negative stamp of disapproval from The HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience: