SIFF Says:Look out, yuletide horror films, 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. 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. The second feature from director Chris Peckover (his first was the audacious 2010 immigration chiller Undocumented), Better Watch Out is a sharp, sadistic horror comedy that pays tribute to both John Hughes and Michael Haneke while offering a subversive twist on the home-invasion story that cleverly upends expectations. It is a truly grisly and demented film, one that horror fans are likely to make a holiday tradition for years to come.
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