Better Watch Out: Film Review

Better Watch Out, which is also known as Safe Neighbourhood in some territories, is another stab at the Christmas horror market. It is not at all what I expected and that puts it a cut above some of the other films within the genre.

The film stars Olivia DeJonge as Ashley, a teenager babysitter who has come round to look after 12-year-old Luke (Levi Miller) while his parents go out. Their planned evening of chilling and watching movies takes a turn when they become victims of a home invasion, but all is not what it seems.

It would be unfair to ruin it because the main attraction to Better Watch Out is the twist, which I didn’t fully see. I had inklings like ‘something’s not right here’ but I didn’t get the main character switch beforehand and that’s when it really becomes interesting. I thought it was going to be a standard horror, just a lot of jump scares and blood, but it’s more surprising, complex and twisted than that and I became way more involved than I was expecting.

That being said, once the reveal happened, it started to lose its way a little bit, like they didn’t know what to do with the characters next. Thankfully, they bring in extra support from Luke’s friend Garrett (Ed Oxenbould), Ashley’s boyfriend Ricky (Aleks Mikic) and her ex Jeremy (Dacre Montgomery from Stranger Things) and it is only 89 minutes long, because they were really start to run out of ideas.

I was expecting a really basic popcorn horror that didn’t require much thinking, but the twist really made me sit up and pay attention. It feels fresh and bold and Miller proves he has range after playing cute in Pan.

In cinemas Friday 8th December 

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