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‘Better Watch Out’ Review

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Levi Miller, Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Dacre Montgomery, Aleks Mikic, Patrick Warburton, Virginia Madsen | Written by Chris Peckover, Zack Kahn | Directed by Chris Peckover

Previously known as Safe Neighbourhood, this Australian Christmas horror falls firmly in the tradition of other festive frighteners such as Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) or Black Christmas (1974). However, it comes with something of a secret weapon, in the form of a sharply-executed central twist, that allows for a subversive take on the genre and a disturbing look at toxic masculinity.

Set in Smalltown, USA, Better Watch Out stars Levi Miller (Pan) as 12 year-old Luke, whose affluent parents (Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton, both under-used) head out to a Christmas party, leaving him in the care of their regular baby-sitter, 17 year-old Ashley (The Visit’s Oliva DeJonge). However, unbeknownst to Ashley, Luke has become quietly obsessed with her and is planning to make his move,
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Christmas Comes Early With New Better Watch Out Clip

With critically acclaimed Better Watch Out now playing in cinemas across the UK, distributor Universal Pictures has provided us with a brand new clip from the film, which we proudly present to you right here. Better Watch Out was directed by Chris Peckover and stars Levi Miller, Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Patrick Warburton, Virginia Madsen, […]

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Better Watch Out review – the deliciously nightmarish Christmas movie of the year

Chris Peckover delivers an early seasonal treat with this blackly funny slasher about a booze-swigging boy and his babysitter staving off a shadowy assailant

How very unexpected. The Christmas movie of 2017 has turned out to be a cheerfully unpleasant and bracingly nasty horror film: an ingenious and efficient black-comic shocker unfolding in real time over one seasonal evening in a prosperous American home. The twists and lurches are interspersed with bouts of boisterous carol-singing. It looks in many ways like a garden-variety home invasion drama, with hints of Home Alone and Funny Games. But there are suggestions of something older, like a well-made stage play. Dial S for Slasher?

Levi Miller plays Luke, a sensitive, somewhat pampered 12-year-old with a major crush on his babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), who has come round to look after him while his parents – amusing cameos for Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton – are out at some yuletide bash.
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Contest: Win the Holiday Horror Film Better Watch Out on Blu-ray / DVD

Santa Claus isn't the only one making house calls this holiday season... A Home Alone-esque take on the holiday horror subgenre, Chris Peckover's Better Watch Out is out now on Digital HD, DVD, and Blu-ray Combo, and to celebrate the film's home media release, we've been provided with five Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers!

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Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy of Better Watch Out.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Better Watch Out Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
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Movie Review – Better Watch Out (2016)

Better Watch Out, 2016.

Directed by Chris Peckover.

Starring Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Virginia Madsen, and Patrick Warburton.

Synopsis:

On a quiet suburban street, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it’s far from a normal home invasion.

I’m going to do something that every reviewer advises against, and that is tell you not to read this review. I am reviewing this movie because it is great and want to tell everyone about it, but to even talk about the movie would be to give something away. I will try to avoid writing about more than the first 5 minutes of the movie, but if you’d rather experience Better Watch Out to it’s wicked fullest, just go see it right now. Don’t watch the trailer for it spoils the big surprise at the end of act 1. Just know this movie
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Holiday Horror Comedy Better Watch Out Coming to Blu-ray & DVD This December

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Well Go USA is making sure that Santa Claus isn't the only one making house calls this holiday season, as they'll be releasing the Home Alone-esque holiday horror comedy Better Watch Out on Blu-ray and DVD beginning December 5th.

Read on for more details in the official press release, and in case you missed it, read Heather's review of Better Watch Out, check out her interview with co-writer/director Chris Peckover, and read her fun chat with co-star Ed Oxenbould.

Press Release: Plano, Texas. (November 1, 2017) – Better Watch Out, the critically acclaimed horror-comedy that “puts the carnage into Christmas” (Entertainment Weekly), debuts on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD December 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Holiday cheer and Home Alone get a decidedly dark spin when a babysitter must protect her charges from a terrifying home invasion. Directed by Chris Peckover (Undocumented), Better Watch Out stars Olivia Dejonge (Scare Campaign
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Grimmfest 2017: ‘Better Watch Out’ & ‘Double Date’ Review

Better Watch Out

Stars: Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic | Written by Zack Kahn, Chris Peckover | Directed by Chris Peckover

On a quiet suburban street tucked within a ‘safe neighbourhood’, Ashley has turned up to babysit 12-year-old Luke for the evening while his parents are out for a Christmas party night. Ashley is Luke’s favourite babysitter and he’s looking forward to spending time with her again. Suddenly a brick crashes through the window reading ‘U Leave, U Die’ and they hear someone sneaking around the house upstairs…

Where to begin with Better Watch Out? A film that starts as your typical, cliched seasonal slasher: two teens trapped in a house by a madman outside, who eventually breaks in to terrorise his victims. If the film had stuck with that story it would have been, judging by what we saw, an
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New Clip from Holiday Horror Comedy Better Watch Out

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When you're hiding in a closet from home invaders, silence is key to staying concealed and safe, but the opposite approach is taken in a new clip from the upcoming holiday horror comedy Better Watch Out.

"This holiday season, you may be home, but you’re not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks."

Written and directed by Chris Peckover from a story by Zack Kahn, Better Watch Out stars Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Virginia Madsen, and Patrick Warburton.

Well Go USA will release Better Watch Out in theaters and on VOD beginning October 6th. The film will also be released in the UK beginning December 8th. In case you missed it, watch another clip from the film,
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A Slasher Stalks the Babysitter in This ‘Better Watch Out’ Clip [Exclusive]

A Slasher Stalks the Babysitter in This ‘Better Watch Out’ Clip [Exclusive]
Well Go USA shared with us this exclusive clip from Chris Peckover’s ridiculously fun holiday horror Better Watch Out, which will be releasing in theaters and On Demand October 6, 2017. “Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening on the lead up to Christmas, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), the regular babysitter for Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and […]
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Designated Survivor Shocker: [Spoiler] to Depart — Is This the Big 'Twist'?

Designated Survivor Shocker: [Spoiler] to Depart — Is This the Big 'Twist'?
We’re guessing this is the big Designated Survivor twist Kiefer Sutherland’s been alluding to: Natascha McElhone, who plays first lady to Sutherland’s Potus on the ABC thriller, is departing the series in Season 2, TVLine has confirmed.

RelatedDesignated Survivor Season 2: As the Conspiracy Reaches ‘Thrilling’ Conclusion, New Journeys Begin

According to Deadline, which first broke the news of McElhone’s exit, the actress will immediately jump from Designated Survivor to The First, Hulu’s upcoming Sean Penn drama set on Mars.

It’s not clear when McElhone’s Designated Survivor swan song will air, but it
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Watch a New Clip from Holiday Horror Comedy Better Watch Out

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Santa Claus isn't the only one making house calls during the holidays in the new home invasion horror comedy Better Watch Out, and ahead of the film's release this October from Well Go USA, a new clip has been revealed that shows technology failing and tensions rising as isolation sets in.

"This holiday season, you may be home, but you’re not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks."

Written and directed by Chris Peckover from a story by Zack Kahn, Better Watch Out stars Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Virginia Madsen, and Patrick Warburton.

Well Go USA will release Better Watch Out in theaters and on VOD beginning October 6th. The film will also be released
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Horror Highlights: UK Poster for Better Watch Out, Home Media Release Details for Red Christmas and House By The Lake

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The holidays take a grisly turn in the upcoming horror comedy Better Watch Out, and the new UK poster for the film displays a deadly twist on holiday decorating. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have home media release details for another holiday horror film, Red Christmas (starring Dee Wallace), as well as the new thriller House by the Lake, featuring a creepy character known as the Fish Man.

Better Watch Out UK Poster: Universal Pictures will release Better Watch Out in the UK on December 8th, and Well Go USA will release Better Watch Out in Us theaters and on VOD beginning October 6th. In case you missed it, read our own Heather Wixson's Fantasia review of the film, as well as her interview with filmmaker Chris Peckover.

"The sadistic horror comedy begins on a quiet suburban street during the holiday season, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old
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Better Watch Out Red Band Trailer Promises One Killer Christmas

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Better Watch Out Red Band Trailer Promises One Killer Christmas
Well Go USA has released a new age-restricted red band trailer and an all-ages green band trailer for the upcoming Better Watch Out, which puts a sadistic spin on the 1990s classic Home Alone. While this is certainly not a remake of Home Alone, this Christmas thriller has been described by critics as "Home Alone meets The Strangers," and there's even a Home Alone reference in the trailer, where Ed Oxenbould's Garrett mentions that Levi Miller's Luke is "Home Aloning" Ricky (Aleks Mikic), tossing a weighted paint can tied to a rope, that connects with Jeremy's face. If that wasn't enough, we also have a new poster as well.

The red band trailer is age-restrictive, and shouldn't be watched by any one under the age of 18, featuring no shortage of adult language and blood. If naughty language isn't your thing, then we also have the green band trailer from Well Go USA YouTube,
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UK trailer released for ‘Better Watch Out’

Universal Pictures have today released the UK trailer for sadistic horror comedy Better Watch Out - which is currently doing the UK horror festival circuit (we saw it at Frightfest, it’s awesome) before coming to cinemas nationwide from 8th December.

Better Watch Out begins on a quiet suburban street during the holiday season, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion. Featuring a superb young cast including Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould (the stars of M.Night Shyamalan’s smash hit The Visit), and Pan’s Levi Miller who is on sensational form; as well as Family Guy’s Patrick Warburton, and Candyman’s Virginia Madsen.

Be Warned!! This trailer spoils the film Entirely. Watch at your own peril!
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Deck the Halls with a Red Band Trailer for Horror 'Better Watch Out'

"Don't worry, I'll protect you." Well Go USA has released an official red band trailer for Chris Peckover's Better Watch Out, a holiday horror movie about a scary home invasion one snowy night. Ever since Mike Dougherty's Krampus a few years ago, I've been hoping we might see some other holiday horror movies that aren't too cheesy. This one looks fun and very freaky, with hopefully some good twists involving the two kids fighting back. It seems to start out pretty conventional, but then gets gnarly in the second half of this trailer, definitely earning that "Home Alone meets The Strangers" quote. The cast includes Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Patrick Warburton, Virginia Madsen, and Dacre Montgomery. Have fun. Here's the official red band trailer (+ poster) for Chris Peckover's Better Watch Out, from YouTube: When you think the suburbs, you think safety, but this holiday night
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Red band trailer for festive horror-comedy Better Watch Out

Ahead of its Us release next month, a new red band trailer has arrived online for director Chris Peckover’s upcoming festive horror-comedy Better Watch Out which stars Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Virginia Madsen, and Patrick Warburton; watch it out below…

See Also: Read our review for Better Watch Out here

Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening on the lead up to Christmas, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), the regular babysitter for Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert Lerner (Patrick Warburton), has to defend their twelve-year-old son (Levi Miller) from strangers breaking into the house – only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion.

Better Watch Out is set for release on October 6th in the States and on December 8th in the UK.
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Home Invasion Takes a Horrifying & Hilarious Turn in the Red Band Trailer for Better Watch Out

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A home invasion during the holidays takes a horrifying—and hilarious—turn in the official red band trailer for Better Watch Out, a film that references Home Alone and features innovative and painful traps that would likely please Kevin McCallister.

"This holiday season, you may be home, but you’re not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks."

Written and directed by Chris Peckover from a story by Zack Kahn, Better Watch Out stars Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Virginia Madsen, and Patrick Warburton.

Well Go USA will release Better Watch Out in theaters and on VOD beginning October 6th. In case you missed it, read our own Heather Wixson's Fantasia review of the film, as
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‘Better Watch Out’ Sells Worldwide, Uphe Scoops U.K., Australia

‘Better Watch Out’ Sells Worldwide, Uphe Scoops U.K., Australia
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group (Uphe Content Group) has acquired Chris Peckover’s Christmas-set black comedy horror film “Better Watch Out” for distribution in the U.K., Australia and a string of other territories, from Paris-based banner Versatile.

Better Watch Out,” formerly known as “Safe Neighborhood,” has also been sold by Versatile to Constantin for all German-speaking, Wild Bunch for France, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Storm Pictures for South Korea, Shooting Stars for the Middle East, Green Media for Vietnam, M Pictures for Thailand, and Pioneer for the Philippines.

The deal with Uphe Content Group entails a theatrical release for the film in Australia and the U.K.

Produced by Storm Vision Entertainment and Best Medicine, “Better Watch Out” was previously acquired by Well Go USA for all North American rights. Xyz Films brokered the North American deal on behalf of the producers.

“We’re certainly thrilled to be working with Uphe Content Group
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Festive horror-comedy Better Watch Out gets a new poster

Universal Pictures has released a new UK poster for the upcoming festive comedy horror Better Watch Out. Directed by Chris Peckover, the film stars Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton; check it out below…

See Also: Read our review for Better Watch Out here

Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening on the lead up to Christmas, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), the regular babysitter for Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert Lerner (Patrick Warburton), has to defend their twelve-year-old son (Levi Miller) from strangers breaking into the house – only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion.

Better Watch Out is set for release on October 6th in the States and on December 8th in the UK.
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New UK poster for seasonal shocker ‘Better Watch Out’

Universal Pictures have today released the UK exclusive poster for sadistic horror comedy Better Watch Out - which is currently doing the UK horror festival circuit (we saw it at Frightfest, it’s awesome) before coming to cinemas nationwide from 8th December.

Better Watch Out begins on a quiet suburban street during the holiday season, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion. Featuring a superb young cast including Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould (the stars of M.Night Shyamalan’s smash hit The Visit), and Pan’s Levi Miller who is on sensational form; as well as Family Guy’s Patrick Warburton, and Candyman’s Virginia Madsen.
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