I was fortunate to view this film at an independent theater in Miami during their horror weekend and this was the best movie over the three days. Some great surprises and a unique way of telling a terrifying story. A real joy to watch a smart thriller. The cast was awesome too! A must watch for thriller - horror fans. And Puddy was in it! Can't go wrong with that, or can it?
slick twisted spin on home-invasion thriller (by lowgunberry13)
This holiday season, you may be home, but you're not alone... In this fresh and ingeniously twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley Olivia DeJonge "The Visit" must defend her young charges Levi Miller "Pan", Ed Oxenbould "The Visit" when intruders break into the house one snowy night--or so she thinks."Better Watch Out" is a hard R movie; I defiantly recommend watching it through VidAngel. It soon turns in to a slick home-invasion thriller that flips at the 35-minute mark into something totally surprising. In its long disgusting <more>
history of the "Christmas horror" sub-genre, there's never been a movie quite like "Better Watch Out," an unusually well-acted thriller, which plays with relevant things about suburbia, holiday entertainment and toxic masculinity. A cast of expert Australian child actors convincingly evoke upper- middle-class Americana, with Olivia DeJonge playing Ashley, a teenage babysitter who takes a last-minute gig to look after 12- year-old Luke Levi Miller . What Ashley doesn't anticipate is that Luke who's long had a crush on her has enlisted his nerdy friend Garrett Ed Oxenbould to help him win her over. The plan almost immediately takes some unexpected turns, as other guests drop by. Gradually, Ashley figures out what's going on, and has to protect herself and the household she's been hired to safeguard."Better Watch Out" will likely become an enduring cult favorite with how attuned Chris Peckover in his 1st directorial movie and his co-writer, Zack Kahn, are to the nonsense of Christmas movies and the perverse fantasies of adolescent boys. From the shockingly raunchy dialogue to the ironic yuletide pop songs that are just perfect, this movie is a fun kind of nasty. They do a great job providing a firm hold of what were used to seeing in horror, quickly setting us up to take the bait.
One of the most fun horror movies ever! (by todddude)
I saw this at a festival and LOVED it!! My wife thought she guessed the twist early on and for a second I thought she was right but we were both surprised. It's a pretty dark film but still manages to be lots of fun. Reminded me of seeing the Scream movies the way the audience was getting so into it. Definitely a movie to see with an audience if you get the chance!!
Interesting Dynamic (by jamesanderer)
I saw this film at 0 Cinema in Miami and my fiancé and I were so surprised how original and unpredictable it was. I watch a lot of films and not since Apocalypto was I so clueless as to what direction the story was going. There's a great dynamic with the main characters that makes you wonder what are they up to and what's going to happen next. The pace is a tad slow, but it helps build suspense and acting is top notch. I usually hate kid actors because they're stupid kids with their stupid kid faces but every actor in this is good.
Damn creepy yet damn funny (by Psy-Ko)
It's called a horror comedy but I'd say more of a dark thriller with some comedic parts. This is a fun movie! Took me back to the "horror" movies I grew up with. Silly horror. It makes you laugh in the right places and say eeewwww in the right places. Even after watching the trailer I was surprised by what it turned out to be. I don't want to give anything away because it's done really well and I don't want to spoil it. The kid is amazing, reminds me of a young Christian Slater, anyone remember him in Twisted? , I'll be expecting to see more of him in years <more>
to come. Suspense is there, originality is there and surprise is there. If you get a chance to see it do so! Sat through credits at the end and I should have known ..... it's Australian! They know how to make some good movies!
This is my type of movie in other words NOT BORING ! (by dddgoad)
from all the hype & was ready to be disappointed because I with movies like Don't Breathe and Green Room and The Witch and It Comes After Night, I liked em but didn't get just why so much of the buzz.Now, Better Watch Out it's a little like those others but not to much. The movie ain't perfect but its more fun I've had in a movie theater with this genre in years. It is a smart premise and good art designThere's something cool when you're in a theater and all experiencing it together if its one of those suspense ones. I might of not loved it as much if i was <more>
watching it at work like usual but that's just me.this movie will make you ticked off when characters do or don't do things and it will make you clap and jump and it will give you something to talk about for sure.it's a little like this movie called Hush or that Liev Tyler one The Strangers except with tons of surprises.I can see this becoming a sleepover movie hit forever. It would of been in my young days for sure and when my daughter is old enough, I'm sure she'll have fun with it.
Clever, Inventive Low-Budget Filmmaking - But Deeply Disturbing (by gogoschka-1)
Man, what a ride! I love it when I know absolutely nothing about a low budget film and don't expect much - and then get completely surprised at how good it actually is.This little gem is an unpredictable, often times either darkly funny or deeply disturbing thrill ride that should not be me missed by genre or generally film fans.It's beautifully shot, acted and written, and I'm sure we'll hear more from filmmaker Chris Peckover in the future. This is clever, inventive low-budget filmmaking at its best, and it goes to show that a lack of money is not an obstacle that <more>
can't be overcome by sheer talent. Good stuff: 8 stars out of 10.Favorite films: IMDb.com/list/mkjOKvqlSBs/Lesser-Known Masterpieces: imdb.com/list/ls070242495/Favorite Low-Budget and B-Movies: imdb.com/list/ls054808375/Favorite TV-Shows reviewed: imdb.com/list/ls075552387/
I really do not want to give away any important plot points to the movie. Getting into anything specific would spoil a fun element of surprise, so I have to stay vague.All the actors nailed their parts. It transcends into many different genres. You will laugh at times, feel queasy at others, but it all wraps up nicely in the end.It is a lot of fun. I was a big fan of both these kid actors when they co-starred in M Night's "The Visit." The actor who played Luke did a great job as well.A fun, quick ride. 8/10
Quite the subversive thriller (by dfranzen70)
Well, it's time again for the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland. Hard to believe this is the 12th year of the festival, which features a plethora of relatively new scary films each year – along with one or two older classics as well.Opening the scares this year was Better Watch Out, directed by Chris Peckover and starring Olivia DeJonge The Visit as a babysitter watching a precocious 12-year-old named Luke Levi Miller while his parents Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton enjoy a night out of the house. Babysitter <more>
Ashley quickly finds herself in for more than just a night on the couch watching movies, as she has to deal with her young charge – who has long had a crush on his sitter – and then a home invasion.But this ain't no ordinary home invasion. I can't tell you all more than that. I wish I could, but I really want you to watch this movie, and telling you more of the story would ruin the experience for you. There are a lot of surprises in this movie. Plenty of plausible but unpredictable twists. The movie is tightly plotted by Peckover and Zack Kahn .The performances are phenomenal, especially considering the ages and relative lack of experience of the leads. Miller, in particular, is a wonder to behold; his Luke shifts tone rather dramatically over the course of the movie, but his skills make the shift utterly believable and magical. There aren't many adult actors who could pull off the characterization that Levi Miller does in this film.Come for the intrigue of a vulnerable babysitter protecting her young charge but stay when that trope is turned completely upside down.