From Roller Disco Massacre and the executive producer of Final Destination, comes The Night Sitter, a horror comedy that offers up festive frights and spellbinding scares. Think Dario Argento’s Inferno (1980) meets Hocus Pocus (1993) with a pinch of Better Watch Out (2017) and Netflix favourite, The Babysitter (2017) all boiled into a cauldron, and the potion at the end of the concoction would be this movie.
Roller Disco Massacre pride themselves on supplying horror movies that speak directly to genre fans and The Night Sitter is an extremely fun ride from start to finish. They are well acquainted with their audience and take them on a journey into the macabre with an equal measure of laughs as well as gore.
The scene is set on a brightly lit Christmas night, widowed father and occult enthusiast Ted Hooper (Joe Walz) has a date. He hires seemingly innocent babysitter, Amber (Elyse Dufour) to care for his introverted son, Kevin (Jack Champion) who is mourning the recent loss of his mother. What appears as an innocuous situation has more to it than meets the eye! Amber’s intentions aren’t entirely bona fide, while Kevin is forced to share the night alongside troublemaking, potential step-brother Ronnie (Bailey Campbell). Events take a turn for the sinister when Kevin unwittingly summons three evil, child killing witches known as, ‘The Three Mothers’ into his home, after stumbling upon his father’s most prized supernatural possession. The thrills and chills begin to spill as Amber and Kevin band together, creating an unlikely alliance to survive the chaos.
The Night Sitter is a solidly paced film that features characters and a narrative to become invested in. Elyse Dufour is stunning as the double-dealing babysitter. She plays the role straight especially once her plans go awry and she’s hindered by a slew of inept sidekicks. Bailey Campbell stands out as the knowingly obnoxious, spoilt-brat, Ronnie, he is brilliantly funny from the off and is sure to be a young talent to watch out for. Jack Champion is a strong lead as Kevin and undoubtedly has a promising future ahead of him, having bagged a role in the upcoming Avatar sequels. He displays a believable chemistry with Dufour as their characters strive to survive the night. Jermaine Rivers, Amber Neukum and J. Benedict Larmore all bring hilarity to the table, ramping up the crazed comedy amidst the gore-fuelled horror.
The Night Sitter employs a quirky, tongue-in-cheek tone while incorporating strong influences from the heyday of 70’s and 80’s horror. The visual style of Dario Argento is omnipresent with the use of intense vivid lighting. The deep reds, blues and greens provide a gorgeous aesthetic for the film. The Night Sitter doesn’t hold back on its insanely gory, visceral death scenes, implementing gruesome sound effects to turn the viewers stomachs, evoking Argento’s flair for creating memorable and resonating on screen deaths. The score composed by Rob Himebaugh supplies a superb synthwave style, reminiscent of the greatest horror themes of the 80’s. The score can be downloaded via his website (link featured below). Directors Abiel Bruhn and John Rocco generate intensity with the giant, maze-like house, and intricate camera work that suggests there could be something lurking around every corner.
Roller Disco Massacre’s crowdfunded feature, is a guaranteed crowd pleaser that grants horror fans with the kind of movie they have been screaming for! Its side-splittingly self-aware and has fun in what it does.
The Night Sitter Soundtrack: https://www.robhimebaugh.com/music/