“ Genre: Crime & Thriller / Suitable for 18 years and over / Director: Jonas Barnes, Michael Manasseri / Actors: Tina Houtz, Sarah Thompson, Nana Visitor, Jillian Schmitz, Matt Dallas ... / DVD released 2009-02-23 at Lions Gate Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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I came across this browsing on Amazon but I didn't expect too much from it. It was easy enough to waste some time to in the evening but not one I'd watch again.
Babysitter Wanted introduces us to Angie, a 'normal' all-round college girl from a small town. She's hired as a babysitter for Jim and Violet Stanton's son, Sam. Everything seems a-okay except for the reports of people going missing that's got Angie worried, allowing suspicion and fear get the better of her when she starts to think someone may be stalking her. One night, on the way to the Stanton's, her car breaks down. Luckily, on the road leading to their farm, she's able to get a lift from a local mechanic, Rick. When she finally arrives, Jim and Violet tell Angie what's what for the evening and that Sam's fast asleep.
After bidding them goodbye for the evening, Angie's left with a quiet house and a sleeping young boy upstairs. All seems okay until she starts hearing noises outside and gets a few strange calls. She starts to get quite shook up so decides to call Rick, the mechanic that's repairing her car, as well as the Chief of Police. The cop tries to calm her down, allaying her fears by saying that he'll drop round the farm later and check up on her.
Unfortunately for Angie, the terrorizing has only just begun and the calls aren't going to stop just yet. I won't say any more on the premise, but the film then sees Angie getting increasingly annoyed and worried, trying to protect Sam as things get worse. It's not the most interesting or original of plotlines, but it does quite aptly fit the home-alone horror genre.
I'll be honest; very little of this film stuck in my head after watching it. It wasn't a film that required or demanded much thought and attention, which, on the plus side, made it easier to watch. On the downside, I found it quite boring and definitely nothing special that I'd think about afterwards. It had an 'ok' feel to it in the sense that it wasn't the worst horror I've seen by any means, but it didn't do much for me to keep me interested.
Babysitter Wanted lacked a creepy atmosphere in part because of the premise, and in part because the scenes lacked oomph. The pace was too slow to be thrilling and too bland to be gripping. The acting wasn't too bad, with Sarah Thompson playing Angie with reasonable believability. Other cast members included Bruce Thomas (Jim), Kristen Dalton (Violet), Matt Dallas (Rick) and Kai Caster (Sam) amongst others. No one really stood out to me and there weren't faces I recognised to quickly adapt to. Although some were fairly believable in their roles, none went above and beyond this to make characters easier to empathise with or want to watch more of.
All in all, this was quite a bland and basic flick. It's an easy-to-watch horror but not one that's interesting or that adds anything new or noteworthy to the genre, so I probably wouldn't recommend it unless there's nothing else on TV.
DVD released 2009, rated Certificate 18, running time 93 minutes
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