Every now and then a film seemingly come out of no where and instantly make a name for itself. Better Watch Out is just hitting theaters, VOD, and Digital today, but it already has a reputation for being one of the most twisted films to come out in recent years. Does it live up to the hype?
The less one knows about the film the better. I went into the film having only seen the trailer a few days prior to the screening and even that raised too many expectations. The highlights of the film are the actors. Patrick Warburton and Virginia are fantastic in their few scenes. The kids though, stole everything. Levi Miller and Ed Oxenbould (Luke and Garret) are absolute delights in their roles. In the opening with the two of them having a conversation while playing video games sound genuine for 12 year olds. The interactions between the kids feeling genuine helps when the film ramps up in the later acts. Miller steals the whole movie with twisted delight that rival actors 2-3x his age. Olivia DeJonge (Ashley) helps make her character more than a victim role and comes out of the film with a strong performance. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if she continued to do more horror and become a scream queen.
The film’s twists and turns are able to land well due to the actors’ performances and Zack Kahn/Chris Peckover’s writing. Miller is able to bounce off of Oxenbould and DeJonge making this twisted holiday thriller a fun time. Better Watch Out is a great addition to any holiday horror marathon/double feature especially with films like Krampus and Gremlins. Seriously, don’t read anything else and just watch it!
When you think the suburbs, you think safety, but this holiday night the suburbs are anything but safe. Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) thought this babysitting job was going to be an easy night, but the night takes a turn when dangerous intruders break in and terrorize her and the twelve-year-old boy, Luke (Levi Miller), she’s caring for. Ashley defends her charge to the best of her ability only to discover this is no normal home invasion.