Babysitter Wanted (2008)
Plot: When she takes a job babysitting a young boy for a night at his family’s remote farmhouse, sweet college co-ed Angie Albright becomes the target of a scar-covered creep making mysterious phone calls and prowling outside the windows. Angie gets the drop on the would-be killer, but quickly discovers that her nightmare has just begun.
My Review: This review is based on my 2nd viewing. I went into this movie originally thinking that the movie was going to sorta be like “When A Stranger Calls” but what I got instead was a movie with a creepy kid (who you just know something isn’t right about from the get go) and religion. I HATE religious movies.
The movie starts off with a religious girl headed off to college. She gets this roommate who’s a party girl and obviously the opposite for everything that she’s all about. She needs a bed so she looks at flyers on the school’s board. There she discovers that a girl has gone missing, and she also finds an ad for a babysitting job. While there a creepy man is watching her from afar. She spots him watching her various other times as well.
Obviously she goes and checks out the babysitting job and gets hired. The family seems pretty normal except for the son who’s quiet and you get weird vibes from. As I said, from the get-go you KNOW something isn’t right with him. The dead giveaway is all the religious stuff mixed with a creepy kid. I mean come on, its very obvious! While Angie is babysitting not only does she get odd phone calls, but someone breaks in and attacks her. It happens to be the same weird man who’s been following her since he spotted her at the board at the school. So there are two things going on and really the only mystery is how they are connected, but we find out very quickly after he breaks in.
From here on out, the movie lost me. Angie discovers who the man is following her and why he was following her. The parents come home and Angie discovers what’s going on and what’s wrong with the kid. I don’t want to give anything away, as I usually don’t try to with these reviews. But I do want to point out that the parents throughout the whole thing seem completely normal. I don’t know how people would be so normal doing all these things they do in the last half hour of the film.
Because I’m not really all that into the subject matter of the movie – I don’t believe in some of the stuff. I found it hard to get into the movie. It doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie, its just one I didn’t care all that much for. So by the end – where all the action was – I had unfortunately lost interest.
Gore/FX: There isn’t any really until the last 30 minutes. Someone is hacked up and its pretty graphic.
Sexual Content: None.
Acting: The acting is fine until there is about 30 minutes left to the movie. The parents have a slight argument out in the barn and it just felt odd to me. It really probably was the writing but it all felt off.
Overall: My first impression I rated this a 1 star. This time around going in and somewhat remembering what happened it wasn’t all that bad. I’m just not a fan of devil/religious movies so it’s a personal preference that I didn’t enjoy the film. Not to mention I like my horror films a little more on the real side so they actually scare me.
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