Netflix has assigned its original horror comedy The Babysitter an October premiere date. The streaming service has been putting a lot of work into its original horror content in the last year or so, with the crown jewel on that front being hit series Stranger Things. This push makes sense as horror has been killing it at the box office lately, bringing in huge returns on modest budgets. The latest example of that trend is of course IT, which is currently dominating the theatrical top 10.
Acquired by Netflix last year, The Babysitter is a production of New Line Cinema, and is directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator: Salvation). The script was written by Brian Duffield, who also wrote the 2015 Divergent series entry Insurgent. The plot of The Babysitter is a fairly familiar one, albeit with a twist. A 12-year-old boy falls madly in love with his attractive babysitter – as a boy that age is wont to do – but before things can get creepy in that sense, stuff gets weird, as it turns out said babysitter is a member of a satanic cult that wants to sacrifice the boy.
After spending the last near-year on Netflix’s shelf, the service has decided to unleash The Babysitter on subscribers just in time for the Halloween season, on Friday, October 13 to be exact. That day will also see the debut of David Fincher’s decidedly not comedic serial killer drama Mindhunter as well.
Playing the 12-year-old boy at the center of The Babysitter’s plot is 16-year-old actor Judah Lewis, who was one of the few young actors to screen test for the role of Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming, prior to Tom Holland ultimately landing the part. Playing murderously hot babysitter Sonya is former Disney star Bella Thorne, who also played the lead role in Dimension Films’ endlessly delayed Amityville: The Awakening, which still remains in limbo. Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Samara Weaving (Ash vs Evil Dead) help to fill out the cast.
In addition to The Babysitter and the aforementioned Mindhunter, Netflix’s other October horror offerings include the highly anticipated Stranger Things season 2, and an adaptation of Stephen King’s short story 1922, starring Thomas Jane. The horrific festivities actually kick off just prior to October, with an adaptation of King’s Gerald’s Game novel hitting in late September.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
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