Better Watch Out


Ho, Ho, Ho!  Look out, yuletide horror film fans, there’s a new kid in town. His name is Luke (Levi Miller, Pan), he’s almost 13, mischievous, and actually excited that his parents (Patrick Warburton and Virginia Madsen) have hired a babysitter for the night while they head out to a Christmas party.

“Delivers nasty holiday fun … a consistently surprising and unusually well-acted thriller.” – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

That’s because the sitter is his 17-year-old crush, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge, The Visit), and Luke has made plans to finally declare his love for her. Unfortunately, their quiet suburban home is about to be visited by a very un-jolly intruder who plans to create a real nightmare before Christmas, trapping these teenagers―and even their friends and, yikes, boyfriends―in a twisted tale of terror. Better Watch Out is a sharp, sadistic horror comedy that pays tribute to both Home Alone and Funny Games while offering a subversive twist on the home-invasion story that cleverly upends expectations. It’s a truly grisly and demented film, one that’s sure to become a holiday horror tradition for years to come. (Dir. by Chris Peckover, 2016, USA, 89 mins., Rated R)

Other Festival Appearances: Fantasia; FrightFest; Seattle; Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Films

Winner: 8 Festival Awards, including Audience Award, Fantasia Film Festival

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