A surreal blend of “Home Alone” and “You’re Next,” “The Babysitter” is pretty much unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. Director McG clearly has a great time playing with the conventions of both types of movie, throwing everything at the viewer but the kitchen sink and managing to strike the perfect balance between gory violence and knee-slapping cleverness. Leads Judah Lewis and Samara Weaving are perfectly paired here, with Lewis in particular making a fantastic young hero who is as resourceful as he is quick-witted. Overall this is definitely not for everyone, but fans of meta horror-comedies like 2014’s “Cooties” and 2015’s “The Final Girls” will find plenty to enjoy here.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)