A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is a perfect Halloween movie for kids of all ages. This movie isn’t one where parents will have to cringe so you can survive to the credits. It’s a bit twisted and certainly erie. The film doesn’t go over the line, but there are undoubtedly numerous tense moments. An inspired performance from Tom Felton anchors A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting; playing the film’s villain should come naturally to him due to his Slytherin roots, but even his take on the Grand Guignol was a bit out there (in a fun way). Felton seems to relish playing these characters who have complicated appearances and said as much when discussing the film’s release this past week.
The film centers around freshman Kelly Ferguson (Tamara Smart), who takes on a babysitting job to find out that she’s being recruited into an international secret society of babysitters who protect kids with special powers from monsters. These monsters are lead by “The Grand Guignol” (Felton) and his legion of mysterious monsters who want to make your nightmares a reality. The film is based on Joe Ballarini’s popular series of books.
These types of family events are few and far between. All too often, movies are either too adult for too kid-centric. I applaud Netflix for getting behind projects like this, especially when they are well done.