10/14/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #14 – Better Watch Out.

In the Christmas spirit yet? I’m going to help you a bit with this delightfully nasty little yuletide thriller. Better Watch Out is a pretty polarizing film, you’re either are on board or not. There’s very little middle ground. I myself was totally on board. But for it to fully work its magic, Better Watch Out is one of those movies where the less you know about it, the better. It’s always hard to write about these kind of flicks because so much of it weighs on a few surprising moments. And if those moments are ruined, the movie won’t hold as much weight. So if you’re interested in seeing this movie already, stop reading this, don’t check out anything else about it, and simply give it a spin. It’ll be worth your time. In a nutshell, the setup you’ve got here circles around a babysitter and the 12-year old boy she’s watching during the Christmas season. They’re having a normal evening until intruders break in. Suddenly, it’s gone full Home Alone, but only in a much more disturbing way. And that’s all I’ll say about that. I thought this was such a fresh take on things. It’s highly disturbing, and off-putting, but in an delightful way. The acting is great, with the babysitter played by the same actress from The Visit, and the boy was Peter Pan in Pan. Both of them have chops, and for what’s in store for both of them, its highly necessary. I had the pleasure of having some coffee with the filmmaker Chris Peckover, who’s a great dude and super creative. It’s always interesting to hear about all the different iterations a lower budget film like this goes through. I’m glad they landed on the version that you’ll see on screen. It’s got twists and turns, definitely some stuff you haven’t seen before, and one scene stolen straight out of Home Alone that will make you view paint cans in a whole different way after you see it. It’s fun. It’s nasty. It’s disturbing. Hell, it’s Christmas. Enjoy.

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