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Better Watch Out       review by Bobby Blakey

I love horror flicks and especially those in the slasher sub-genre. The latest, Better Watch Out comes from Well Go USA who are most noted for their Asian cinema. Could this latest holiday inspired kill fest offer up a bloody good time or will it be the gift no one wanted?

Better Watch Out follows babysitter Ashley who must defend her young charges when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks. Could there be more to this attack than expected or is it just a simple game of death no one wanted. Going into this movie I had very low expectations because sadly more often than not this genre fails to impress. The first half of the film is pretty standard fair and fun to watch, but then it turns everything on its head in an unexpected way. I had figured out what I thought was the direction of it all early on, but they still managed to take it in another way. There is a lot of fun to be had here with some great dark fun. This film could be classified as a dark comedy as well as it shifts tones after one of the twists.

While the first half is the standard slasher style horror the rest of the film is something else altogether and a lot of fun. This was an unexpected direction that works for the most part. There are some decisions that don’t make much sense or character directions, but as a whole it works. There is a great Home Alone reference that had me laughing and the way it was shot and cut together might have been my favorite of the film. There aren’t a ton of kills here and none of them are overly gory, but its still a lot of fun and worth checking out.  

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