Do I have an irrational and mild fear of lakes, summer camps, and the name Jason? Arguably. Do I love Friday the 13th-themed movies, television, memes, and more? Definitely! Does The Babysitter: Killer Queen live up to my Camp Crystal Lake expectations? Stay tuned…
Netflix’s The Babysitter: Killer Queen is the followup film of 2017’s The Babysitter.
Two years ago, Cole battled for his life against his babysitter and her band of demons. Things are even worse for Cole now. No one believes his story about that night, everyone thinks he’s nuts, and his best friend/crush is dating someone else. Maybe a night at the lake, away from parents and therapists, can help Cole find some peace and clarity. Then again… probably not. The demons are back, with a few new friends, and Cole has until sunrise to defeat them once again.
Moving beyond the babysitter trope from the first movie, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, takes us to my favorite location for a horror movie: a lake. Aside from Jason’s story, the film leans in to the lakeside setting, offering water sports, a creepy cabin, and a grand finale at the shoreline.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen introduces a new group of demons to contend with, along with the return of the originals from the first film. Though the newbies fall a bit flat compared to the originals, they make an excellent addition to the film, adding even more obscurity to the storyline. The stunts have upgraded as well, with new and stranger death scenes for our favorite demons.
As for the script, we get a bit of backstory on each of the main demons. These short flashbacks don’t necessarily add anything to the plot, but they’re quirky and fun to watch. The beauty in a film like this is its simplicity. There’s no complicated plot, just a heavy dose of action and gore. The actors all commit to their roles and deliver scene after scene. Perhaps there’s a bit of predictability to the film, but not so much as to make you lose interest.
That’s because the characters are truly at the center of the film. Cole (Judah Lewis) remains a quirky, awkward, yet utterly lovable lead character. And while I can’t say I share many experiences with him, the character is so easy to relate to. As for the others, even demons have a soft side that you can’t resist. As for the Killer Queen, Bee’s character steals the show for the few minutes she’s on-screen, providing a thoroughly satisfying character arc.
The real gem of The Babysitter: Killer Queen is its soundtrack and film score. The soundtrack is, once again, solid gold, featuring classics as – you guessed it – “Killer Queen” by Queen. Maybe it’s a bit too on the nose for some, but I enjoy a film that has a little fun with itself. Besides, you can’t argue with a track like that- or Young MC’s “Bust a Move,” Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is,” Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309/Jenny,” and so on. You’ll be grooving through the movie until the very end.
The Bottom Line
Campers, get ready—The Babysitter: Killer Queen is cinematic, horror magic. You’ll laugh, you’ll scream, but most importantly, you’ll enjoy the ride.