Film #146: BABYSITTER WANTED
3 out of 5 stars
You gotta love Bill Moseley. Not only does he do a journeyman’s job in every film he’s in (good, bad, or indifferent), but - as in the case of this film - he can take an axe to the mid-back and walk that shit off. The dude just rocks. I’ll be honest… BABYSITTER WANTED reminded me A LOT of Ti West’s recent HOUSE OF THE DEVIL: young girl gets job as babysitter and is abducted by satanic cult. While there are marked differences between the two film (HOUSE is a throwback to ‘70s supernatural films and BABYSITTER is more slasher/goreless gore film), their spirit is very similar. The acting and production of BABYSITTER is better than most films of its ilk, but the script… oi! The script is a predictable, derivative mess. Even casual genre fans will call this one only about 1/3 of the way. The film takes about 30 minutes to get going (and spends a lot of time dropping one red herring after another), but once it gets its momentum, it tries its damndest to redeem itself. The gore is decidedly fake looking and a lot of kills happen just off camera, but you kind of go along for the ride since everyone seems to be so earnest. One Satanic killer (I won’t name who) is THE MOST TALKATIVE killer in cinema. The guy’s character name must have been Mr. Exposition. I mean, while he happily dismembers someone he gives the audience everything they need to know about the plot. Bottom Line though… BABYSITTER WANTED is a decently produced, competently acted, inanely scripted genre film that comes off better than a lot of low budget fare. It’s not nearly as good as it thinks it is, but it’s also head and shoulders above a lot of low budget horror fare. Is it worth renting? Sure. Will you heartily recommend it to friends? Probably not. But there are far worse things out there and, when all is said and done, you just may enjoy parts of it.