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The Horror-Comedy Sequel That's Required Viewing On Netflix

It may be hard to believe, but even babysitters have their own set of religious beliefs just like anyone else. Some of them are Catholic, some are Muslim, and some need blood to satiate the eternal bloodlust of their Dark Lord. It can be easy to judge, but you need to remember that every babysitter is different. One such unique scenario occurs in The Babysitter, the 2017 Netflix original horror-comedy about a kid who discovers that his babysitter (Samara Weaving) is a dark acolyte with a magical spellbook that can grant her whatever she desires. One catch, though: the book needs blood, and lots of it.

The film was directed by McG (Charlie's AngelsTerminator Salvation) and delivered a tongue-in-cheek horror appeal that can be hard to balance. Now, the director and his cast are back with a sequel, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, which just dropped on Netflix and immediately split the viewing world in two. On one side, critics are washing their hands of the quirky gorefest and leaving it with a chilly Rotten Tomatoes score. Audiences, on the other hand, are enthusiastically taking this wild ride, declaring an early start to the Halloween season by placing Killer Queen at the top of the streamer's charts. Dig into a fresh slice of horror — with a side order of comedy — in this sequel that just hit Netflix.

The Babysitter: Killer Queen knows exactly what it is

Delivering the goods with a horror-comedy is a tightrope walk across a razor's edge. Even more difficult is stepping up to the plate for a sequel. The Babysitter: Killer Queen accepts that challenge with all the enthusiastic gusto of a firecracker-filled cow pie. The sequel picks back up with Cole (Judah Lewis) in high school. He's a pariah among his classmates, and no one believes that there was a demon cult that destroyed his house and tried to kill him. He's just a loser with stunning green eyes and a jawline made for Hollywood. You know, your typical bullied teenager just trying to survive the torment of high school.

Coming back into the fold is the whole satanic gang, including a shirtless Robbie Amell cheering with all the enthusiasm of jock stereotypes of yore, along with Andrew Bachelor and Bella Thorne. Rather than relying on established tropes, the film expands on each character in a hilarious and uniquely gory way. The sequel takes the opportunity to raise Cole up from terrified child and give him some character development that lays the groundwork for more possibilities in the future. It even stands on its own for anyone who missed the first Babysitter — though, granted, some of the callbacks may go over your head if you did. 

If you love the Halloween season but can only take so much spine-tingling suspense, this is the perfect way to kick off your autumn viewing. It's a perfect time to get on board with what may just be the next great horror franchise — with the way things are going, we're going to be seeing more of Cole and his battle with the satanic. Best get all caught up now.