Streaming on Netflix
A teenager now, Cole (Judah Lewis) is still dealing with the drama of defeating a satanic cult led by his babysitter Bee a couple of years ago. His parents treat him with kiddie gloves while he cannot seem to fit in (probably because he wears suits to school but what do we know). His crush Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind) invites him out to the lake with her friends and her jock boyfriend. There’s also an elusive newcomer Phoebe (Jenna Ortega) who Cole ends up sharing an adventure with.
They do get the “horror-comedy” bit right
The original Babysitter nailed the genre with some fine comedic sequences and the sequel does get a few things right. But at some point the comedy spills over to absurdity and not a greatly enjoyable one at that. Despite having many funny moments, it also oscillates between flat and melodramatic.
But was the sequel even necessary?
The previous film ends with a twist and the horror-comedy was impressively organic. The sequel looks weak with respect to the plot, the characters, and the development of both, on a whole. The sequences are choppy and without a decent premise, which reduces the impact of the film. It does not engage.
WATCH OT NOT
We won’t lie – it is not a masterpiece but it is not not funny. If you like watching absurd horror-comedies where teenagers make pacts with the devil, you can let it stream in the background.
Writer: Dan Lagana
Cast: Judah Lewis, Emily Alyn Lind, Jenna Ortega
Streaming on: Netflix