Netflix’s A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting Review: A Known Monster

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is a horror comedy movie directed by Rachel Talalay and written by Joe Ballarini, which is based on his books. The movie stars Tom Felton, Indya Moore, Tamara Smart and Oona Laurence.

Hunting the hunters

Halloween shouldn’t be a festival just for the oldies to watch horror movies, and that’s where this one comes in. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is a kid movie and has enough chills and thrills to be enjoyable. Although yes, it won’t scare the little ones at home too much, which means the older generation would not be spooked at all.

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting follows Kelly, who, while looking after little Jacob, comes face-to-face with her worst nightmares. On the path to rescue a kidnapped Jacob, she comes across the mystical society of children-protecting babysitters and must fight against various evil monsters to get him back.

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This is, as I mentioned earlier, a kid movie. And keeping that in mind, it’s quite good. There’s a lot of action, cool gadgets, fight sequences and some interesting monsters. Now, when I say interesting, I actually mean cute – especially the Toadies. However, The Grand Guignol is another story. He looks creepy and malicious and gave me a few chills. There are other scary stuff scattered around the story like Peggy Drood – they keep the spirit of the movie alive and make it interesting for children.

The story is full of adventures, with Kelly ready to do anything she can for Jacob, which makes for a fun watch. From hiding her quest from her parents to fighting off Toadies, Kelly becomes a hero in the kids’ eyes. Additionally, Liz is also a good character and very badass. They are both characters you can look up to and the movie provides some sense of character building to make everything kind of interesting. We have an idea as to why Kelly and Liz are the way they are, and it’s heartwarming to watch their friendship blossom.

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The Grand Guignol is a character that’s scary and fun. He’s the mastermind who wants to cause destruction using Jacob’s powers and his character is believable as this very scary monster. Tom Felton does a phenomenal job as The Grand Guignol. I wasn’t able to figure out that Felton played the part, as his portrayal is so real. He looks great as the baddie and children will definitely feel scared. The other kids’ acting is also fine, and they are believable in their roles.

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is a fun and energetic movie that is perfect for children in this Halloween season. However, if you’re an adult who’s looking for an interesting and phenomenal story, this isn’t gonna work out for you. The storytelling, characters and spooks aren’t that scary and neither does the movie try to be so. It specifically caters to tweens and children, and that’s probably where it will be the most welcome. It might transport the older generation down memory lane, but it won’t provide anything more than that.

Summing up: A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting

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A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting has some decent thrills and chills which are perfect for a good Halloween for children and the entire family. The adventures are quite thrilling and fun to watch, and Tom Felton as The Grand Guignol is pretty great.

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is streaming on Netflix.

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A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting is a horror-comedy movie targeting the tweens. It's creepy and funny for the kids, but might drag for the older generation.
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