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The Babysitter: Killer Queen takes place several years after the first film, as our protagonist, Cole (Judah Lewis) must fight the now-undead ritualists from the first event and a new batch of ritualists seeking fame and/or fortune.

The Babysitter: Killer Queen Review

While the first Babysitter is certainly goofy with its dialogue and demented slapstick humor, it was also charming and had a lot of heart while still remaining somewhat grounded. This sequel takes all the charm and chucks it out the window...of a moving vehicle...then stops, reverses, runs over the charm...puts it back in Drive and runs it over again.

This movie feels like it tried to make Scott Pilgrim vs. the World work in a horror format. Complete with "how [insert character here] got to the party" cutscenes ala Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and a Street Fighter-esque fight scene, a la the aforementioned Pilgrim. Was it funny? Sure, at times...but it was also over-the-top and tiresome. It's filled with whacky gags that felt like cheap stunts rather than gruesome dark humor, and jokes on horror tropes that are dated, overused, and a bit patronizing.

Shirtless boy wonder, Max (Robbie Amell), remains a favorite as he was in the first one. He is a highlight of the sequel in almost all of his scenes, with his satirical bravado and contradictory nature that is personable, kind, encouraging, and yet still sadistic and selfish. There really aren't many characters like him in movies, at least pulled off with such hilarious balance. He's equal parts disturbing and charming with his ceaseless smile and cheery attitude, like a child naive to the impact of his actions. There was enough left over from the first one that there was enough of this character still to enjoy.

The rest of the characters, as it turns out, weren't as missed. We get the cliche and predictable boob jokes from Allison the cheerleader (Bella Thorne) and "verging-on-exploitive at this point" race jokes from the jock, John (Andrew Bachelor). And while I think Ken Marino (Bad Milo) has had his charismatic moments in the horror-comedy arena, in this film, his role as Cole's father feels forced into the narrative and mostly a waste of time. Samara Weaving's brief appearance is, of course, awesome...and the twist of it all is appreciated, if poked with plot holes.

It was difficult to not roll my eyes at some of the gags...the flashbacks of why the original cast wanted to do the ritual were too cartoonish and vapid. It feels like everyone is just there to get slaughtered in increasingly ridiculous ways, which is fine and entertaining most of the time, but it's just surrounded by unnecessary, cliche subplots and jokes that take too long to develop. And when the film attempts to get serious, it just knocks the ever-increasing insanity of the rest of the film a clown car slamming on the brakes every 20 minutes.

As excited as I was for this sequel, I was mildly disappointed. Despite what this review may be saying, I did enjoy it. It wasn't near as surprisingly good as the first film, but it clearly didn't give a crap about comparing itself to the first film either. If the sequel was anything, it was chaotic and fast-paced, which makes almost any movie bearable. I would say that, despite my complaints, Killer Queen is well above bearable and is superficially enjoyable. But this level of superficiality openly boasts little courage, originality, or substance at all.

Horror Rating System

Horror Qualifier: 7/10 Horror Quality: 5/10

Film Quality: 4/10

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