I last saw The Babysitter a few years ago probably on one of the pay channels and seeing it again on Blu-ray only reminded me it was crap then and it’s crap now. The performances from a normally respectable cast was bad, the writing is awful and the movie all around just is a mess and frankly on the dull side rather than anything titillating or thrilling.
Olive Films | R – 89 min. – $29.95 | August 25, 2015
THE MOVIE – 1.0/5
Harry and Dolly Tucker (J.T. WALSH and LEE GARLINGTON), out for an evening at a party hosted by Bill and Bernice Holston (GEORGE SEGAL and LOIS CHILES), hire high school student Jennifer (ALICIA SILVERSTONE) to babysit their two children. Jennifer will find herself the recipient of unwanted advances from her estranged boyfriend Jack (JEREMY LONDON), a manipulative and threatening acquaintance, Mark (NICKY KATT) and – in the case of a very drunken Harry – the object of erotic fantasies.
What begins as a quiet evening of babysitting escalates into a series of emotional confrontations, physical altercations and a life-threatening event.
Quick Hit Review:
The Babysitter might’ve wanted to be a trashy, tawdry erotic thriller and indeed it was the type of movie that would air late at night on Cinemax but what we get instead is a boring film with bad dialogue combined with perhaps even worse performances by actors like J.T. Walsh, George Segal and Lee Garlington who normally aren’t too bad though they are playing some of the most obnoxious characters; one has to think they weren’t exactly proud appearing in this and hopefully they used the money for a car payment or something…
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5
No features were included.
VIDEO – 3.0/5
Olive Films stalks The Babysitter onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. This isn’t a pretty looking video no doubt due to its limited budget where the noise is heavy and detail is at times soft while colors tend to be good though in some instances it looks washed out. That being said, I doubt this has ever looked better though not sure that’s saying a whole lot…
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The movie comes with a 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track which actually isn’t half bad providing for crisp can clear dialogue levels throughout and a little depth with the generic score/soundtrack. Ambient noises though are very limited so it’s nothing dynamic but certainly average for a lossless track.
OVERALL – 1.0/5
Overall, I last saw The Babysitter a few years ago probably on one of the pay channels and seeing it again on Blu-ray only reminded me it was crap then and it’s crap now. The performances from a normally respectable cast was bad, the writing is awful and the movie all around just is a mess and frankly on the dull side rather than anything titillating or thrilling. The Blu-ray released by Olive Films is very basic with no features and average video and audio transfers.
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