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Better Watch Out (2017) Review

Better Watch Out is a 2017 thriller about a quiet suburban street where a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it’s far from a normal home invasion.

Home invasion films have been done to death it seems. Honestly, there have been some hits in the last few years but it’s been awhile where we’ve been impressed. Maybe the exception would be Hush. This year’s Fantasia brings us the Canadian premiere of a home invasion film with a Home Alone twist previously called Safe Neighborhood but recently retitled Better Watch Out. It is directed by Chris Peckover who also was attending the festival to present his film; a perfect addition to the Festival as it fit right into the Christmas in July theme. To better illustrate the Home Alone point, this movie features a boy and his babysitter as their Christmas night just got a lot more ominous once they realize that the house is being invaded.

Better Watch Out is a fantastic twist on the home invasion concept. It keeps up well with the intensity while offering more than enough laugh out loud black comedy moments. If surprises you with its characters who truly show off their true nature to stay alive. It’s a fun ride with so many unexpected moments and what you probably won’t usually see with this one. The cast is also full of familiar faces. In a shorter role but done so well are the parents played by Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton. They bring in a fun performance full of laughs and witty remarks. The big performances here are however with Luke, the twelve year old son played by Levi Miller (recently in Pan) who has a crush on his seventeen year old babysitter, Ashley played by Olivia DeJonge (recently in The Visit). In true John Hughes love, Chris Peckover talked about afterwards, this was where we saw a lot of awkward teen comedy as the early moments saw Lucas trying to get attention.

Better Watch Out
Better Watch Out, 2017 © Storm Vision Entertainment

It is hard to talk about this one without ruining your experience so let’s just say that Better Watch Out does a great job at executing the twist and then letting everything fall apart and come together. While some parts do get a little overboard, there is so much to love in the dialogue and the intensity, the black comedy and the clever characters and twists that makes this one a must-see. You’ll be surprised over and over again and when you finish this, you may want to go back and figure out those details you missed the first time around. Better Watch Out is a home invasion movie but also a perfect addition to the non-traditional Christmas movie that will make you want to watch over and over again because it’s not only fun but so incredibly clever. This one is a must-see.

Better Watch Out (2017) Review

Movie description: Better Watch Out is a 2017 thriller about a quiet suburban street where a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it's far from a normal home invasion. 

Director(s): Chris Peckover

Actor(s): Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Dacre Montgomery, Aleks Mikic, Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton

Genre: Drama

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