Better Watch Out
Saturday, Sky Premiere HD, 2.10pm & 10.10pm
SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD babysitter Ashley (Olivia Dejonge) is taken aback when her long-time charge, precocious 12-year-old Luke (Levi Miller), cracks open a bottle of champagne and starts making romantic moves on her after his bickering parents (Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton) leave for a Christmas party. However, the evening is to become even more disconcerting.
First a mushroom pizza arrives that hasn’t been ordered. Then a brick gets thrown through an upstairs window. And a shadowy hooded figure is lurking outside…
Films in which teenage babysitters are terrorised by a deranged psychopath are nothing new, but director and co-writer Chris Peckover has a few nasty new tricks up his sleeve in this deliciously dark festive horror comedy, a grisly twist on Home Alone.
It’s best not to know too much going in, save that the film has an unexpectedly sadistic streak – and that both Ashley and Luke turn out to be far more resolute and resourceful than you might at first imagine. 2016, 15, 89min
OLIVIA AND LEVI WEREN’T CONVINCED SANTA CLAUS WAS COMING TO TOWN