My History With the Film:
We are just a few days away from Christmas and I didn’t think I would manage to squeeze a Christmas horror film in this year. I’ll be honest, I burned myself out in October and I just haven’t been in much of a mood to watch anything dark. Heck, I haven’t even finished The Haunting of Hill House yet!
But I got home from seeing Aquaman this past Saturday night and decided to see what was on Shudder since my subscription is expiring at the end of the month. There are still a lot of movies on my watch list (I’m looking at you Summer of ’84) and I noticed Shudder had put up a Christmas section that included Better Watch Out.
Better Watch Out was released last year on DVD and was a film I really wanted to check out. I just never got around to it, and sticking with my 90’s theme, I reviewed Jack Frost instead. Let me just tell you, Better Watch Out is a million times better than Jack Frost. I’ll save Jack Frost 2 for next year… maybe.
But before we begin I need to place a disclaimer. Heck, I’m even going to put it in caps to make sure anyone scrolling notices it:
Better Watch Out is the type of movie that is most effective when you know nothing about it. I mean nothing. I went in blind as a bat and I recommend you do too. Don’t watch a trailer, don’t read this review, and don’t research this film at all. Just go rent it or watch it on Shudder and then come back for my thoughts. I’m warning you, this is the type of film that can be completely ruined by knowing anything about it.
With that being said, I need to talk spoilers to properly talk about this film. I’m going to tip-toe around them some, but after the warning in the title and now this disclaimer I feel like I’ve done my part in keeping you from ruining this interesting and enjoyable movie. So read on at your own risk.
What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A young boy and his babysitter are terrorized by intruders near Christmas.
FINAL WARNING. DO NOT READ ANYTHING IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY SEEN THIS MOVIE!
What I Liked About It:
-I really enjoyed all of the actors/actresses in this film. I was expecting a low budget, amateurish movie but was instead shockingly surprised with how good everyone was in their roles with Levi Miller (Luke) standing out with his incredible and shocking performance. Virginia Madsen also made my night with her comment to her husband regarding his sexuality.
What I Didn’t Like About It:
-With all that being said, I don’t like home invasion type movies, especially not ones where the victims stayed tied up for a while. Had I know this film was like this, I definitely would not have watched it. But I was so invested and so impressed by the twist that I stuck with it and enjoyed myself.