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Grimmfest 2017: ‘Better Watch Out’ & ‘Double Date’ Review

9 October 2017 2:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

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 »

- Phil Wheat

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Interview: Co-Star Ed Oxenbould Talks Better Watch Out

5 October 2017 3:55 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This Friday, Chris Peckover’s holiday horror comedy Better Watch Out (read my review here) arrives in select theaters and on VOD platforms everywhere, courtesy of Well Go USA. The film pits three teenagers (Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, and Ed Oxenbould) against an unknown assailant who is terrorizing them, but it’s quickly revealed that this isn’t your typical home invasion, and soon enough, a wicked game of cat and mouse breaks out, leaving them all wondering just who will be left standing after this night of babysitting gone awry.

Daily Dead recently spoke with Better Watch Out co-star Oxenbould, who most horror fans should remember from his memorable performance in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit, and during our interview, he chatted about his involvement with the project, collaborating with Peckover as well as with Miller and DeJonge, and what he loves about the horror genre.

So good to speak with you, »

- Heather Wixson

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October 2017 VOD Releases Include Cult Of Chucky, Better Watch Out, War For The Planet Of The Apes

1 October 2017 7:54 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With the Halloween season finally upon us, that we’ve got a ton of horror and sci-fi titles headed our way via VOD and various digital platforms throughout the month of October. Things kick off with the 1992 horror comedy Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which hits Digital HD for the first time ever on October 2nd. The very next day, Cult of Chucky, Super Dark Times, The Forlorned, and Realive all make their respective debuts, and just a few days later the holiday horror flick Better Watch Out arrives on October 6th.

October 10th is another busy day, with the digital releases of Wish Upon, Dementia 13, The 13th Friday, War for the Planet of the Apes, and Wes Craven’s cult classic Summer of Fear, and for those looking to spend their Friday the 13th at home, you’ve got M.F.A., Brawl in Cell Block 99, and the Psycho-themed documentary 78/52 to look forward to. »

- Heather Wixson

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New Clip from Holiday Horror Comedy Better Watch Out

28 September 2017 12:22 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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, »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch a New Clip from Holiday Horror Comedy Better Watch Out

23 September 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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 »

- Derek Anderson

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Horror Highlights: UK Poster for Better Watch Out, Home Media Release Details for Red Christmas and House By The Lake

16 September 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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 »

- Derek Anderson

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Better Watch Out Red Band Trailer Promises One Killer Christmas

15 September 2017 10:48 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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, »

- MovieWeb

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UK trailer released for ‘Better Watch Out’

15 September 2017 7:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

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! »

- Phil Wheat

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Deck the Halls with a Red Band Trailer for Horror 'Better Watch Out'

15 September 2017 6:36 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"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 »

- Alex Billington

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Home Invasion Takes a Horrifying & Hilarious Turn in the Red Band Trailer for Better Watch Out

13 September 2017 3:04 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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 »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Better Watch Out’ Sells Worldwide, Uphe Scoops U.K., Australia

12 September 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- Elsa Keslassy

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New UK poster for seasonal shocker ‘Better Watch Out’

11 September 2017 1:16 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

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. »

- Phil Wheat

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Horror Channel FrightFest Review – Better Watch Out (2017)

28 August 2017 11:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Better Watch Out, 2017

Directed by Chris Peckover

Starring Levi Miller, Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic, Darcre Montgomery, Patrick Warbuton, Virginia Madsen

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.

You remember that scene in Home Alone where Kevin throws a paint can over the balcony and it smashes Harry and Marv in the face? You know how that has become somewhat of a conversation among film fans as to whether or not it would kill the Wet Bandits rather than knock them down the stairs comically? Well, Better Watch Out begins with that conversation and goes from there. It’s Hardcore Home Alone. A Christmas belter that is sure to become a festive favourite among horror fans.

This is where this writer would usually give you an overview of the plot of Better Watch Out, »

- Luke Owen

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Film Review: ‘The Butterfly Tree’

26 August 2017 3:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are manic pixie dream girls, there are hypermanic pixie dream girls, and then there is Evelyn Grey, the roller-skating, flower-selling, burlesque-dancing object of male fixation in “The Butterfly Tree.” Played with good grace and an impressively straight face by Melissa George, she’s the swirling spirit animal for this spangly, eccentric Australian tale of growing up and grief management, with a glittery side interest in lepidopterology. As brazen as it is uneven, Priscilla Cameron’s debut feature embraces high kitsch as a form of earnest therapeutic release — an approach to which viewers will find themselves either dreamily susceptible or violently allergic. In the film’s era-fudging, magical-realist world, all menfolk fall into the former column when it comes to Evelyn herself; the shared crush of a small-town college teacher and his adolescent son drives Cameron’s unabashed melodrama to quasi-Oedipal extremes it can’t quite control.

From its world premiere at the Melbourne Film Festival, “The Butterfly Tree »

- Guy Lodge

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LevelK Climbs ‘The Butterfly Tree’ With Melissa George Ahead of Toronto (Exclusive)

23 August 2017 8:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

LevelK has acquired world sales rights to Priscilla Cameron’s feature debut “The Butterfly Tree,” an Australian drama starring Melissa George (“The Slap”) and Ewen Leslie (“Top of the Lake”) in the run-up to Toronto, where the movie will play in the Discovery section.

A coming-of-age tale, “The Butterfly Tree” centers on a widowed father, Al, and his teenage son, Finn, who fall for the same woman, Evelyn, a former burlesque queen-turned-florist. As father and son eventually discover that they are competing for the affections of the same woman, old wounds are reopened over the death of Finn’s mother.

The Butterfly Tree” just had its Australian premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It previously participated in the Berlinale Project Talent Market and was developed through the Binger International Film Lab. The film’s script won the Australian Writers Guild award.

The movie was produced by Bridget Callow-Wright and financed by Screen Queensland, Cowlick »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Fantasia 2017 Interview: Co-Writer/Director Chris Peckover Discusses John Hughes’ Influence on Better Watch Out

2 August 2017 2:42 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Over the last several months, Chris Peckover’s Better Watch Out (previously known as Safe Neighborhood) has been enjoying a successful festival run, and recently played as part of Fantasia International Film Festival’s extraordinary 2017 programming slate. Daily Dead spoke to Peckover while he was on the ground at Fantasia, and he discussed some of the influences on Better Watch Out, the fun of getting to create a horror movie set during the Christmas season, crafting a home invasion film that stands apart, working with his talented trio of stars—Levi Miller, Olivia DeJonge, and Ed Oxenbould—and more.

Better Watch Out will arrive in theaters and on VOD beginning October 6th, courtesy of Well Go USA.

Congratulations, Chris, on creating a really fun and different home invasion movie, because that's not an easy feat at all. I know there are things that we can't talk about, because I don't »

- Heather Wixson

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Fantasia Review: ‘Better Watch Out’ is Nightmarish Holiday Horror Lacking Emotion

29 July 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s Christmas and songs of carolers are in the air of a quaint suburban neighborhood populated by houses big enough to list four bedrooms yet safe enough to not need alarms. Perfectly imperfect families live inside them like the pulls-no-punches Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and affably self-deprecating Robert (Patrick Warburton) showing how love can take and sometimes excel with a little argumentatively sarcastic friction. They may drink and swear, but they’d do anything for twelve-going-on-thirteen year old son Luke (Levi Miller)—and he knows it. A sensitive kid with lofty aspirations to show his babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) why he’s a better suitor than her revolving door of inconsiderate brutes, the time to make a move is now since college is a couple months away from separating them forever.

Writer/director Chris Peckover does a wonderful job setting up Better Watch Out‘s wholesome atmosphere like holiday genre-benders of the past. »

- Jared Mobarak

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Better Watch Out Review [Fantasia 2017]

28 July 2017 5:40 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Chris Peckover’s Better Watch Out (formerly Safe Neighborhood) is more a gift-wrapped home invasion tickler than break-in terrorizer à la The Strangers, but that doesn’t translate to a lack of creeps. The innocence of Home Alone meets jingle bell schlock, and while Zack Kahn’s story isn’t wholly unpredictable, what plays out still subverts typical babysitter-in-peril tropes (enough). My only advice? Don’t watch a single trailer, clip, or interview until you’ve experienced Better Watch Out for yourself. Hell, you should probably stop reading my review. Spoilers won’t follow, but Peckover’s strengths all hinge on surprise. No peeking until Christmas morning!

The setup, without divulging twists, is a simple one. Thirteen-year-old Luke (Levi Miller) is in love with his babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge). He’s determined to win over the high school sweetheart while his parents (played by Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton) enjoy a night out. »

- Matt Donato

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Fantasia 2017: ‘Better Watch Out’ Review

16 July 2017 4:50 PM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Formerly known as Safe Neighborhood, I first became aware of this as it played at Fantastic Fest in 2016. Now here we are for Fantasia 2017 with distribution from Well Go USA, a new title, and a little Christmas in July spirit for those in attendance!

Tis the season! A safe neighborhood, an average night. Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) heads over to Deandra and Robert’s house (Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton, respectively) in order to babysit their lovesick 14 year old, Luke (Levi Miller). Shortly before her arrival, Luke and his friend Garrett (Ed Oxenbould) discuss Luke’s plan to finally win over his teen babysitter. Luke tries moves, tries to impress her, and gets her to sit down to watch a horror film with him. Just when it looks like they might be getting close, strange things begin happening outside. An unsolicited pizza delivery, a knock on the door without a culprit, »

- Mike Hassler

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Six Australian films set for world premieres at Miff

21 June 2017 11:06 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

'The Butterfly Tree'..

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Miff Premiere Fund will present six world premieres at the 66th Melbourne International Film Festival (Miff), including Greg McLean.s survival thriller Jungle.

The festival runs August 3-20; the full program will be launched on July 11, with general public individual session tickets on sale from July 14..

The six premieres are:.

The Butterfly Tree, the feature debut of director Priscilla Cameron, is a coming-of-age tale of love and loss tinged with magical realism, starring Melissa George, Ewen Leslie, Ed Oxenbould and Sophie Lowe.

Naina Sen.s The Song Keepers chronicles the hidden musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque songs that are being preserved by the Central Australian Aboriginal Women.s Choir.

Eddie Martin.s Have You Seen the Listers? is a moving personal account of the artistic and commercial rise of Australia.s most renowned street artist, which came with a deep personal cost.

In Westwind: Djalu.s Legacy, director Ben Strunin portrays Yolngu elder Djalu Gurruwiwi.s quest to pass his people.s ancient song lines and culture to the next generation — with a little help from global pop star Gotye..

Rabbit is a chilling fairytale feature debut from director Luke Shanahan in which identical twins are linked by more than just DNA, starring Alex Russell and Adelaide Clemens.

The opening night selection, Jungle stars Alex Russell and Daniel Radcliffe in a thriller based on the real-life story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg.

The Premiere Fund, which offers minority co-financing to new Australian narrative and documentary theatrical features that then premiere at Miff, has invested in a total of 56 projects. To celebrate the anniversary, Miff will have retro screenings of three classics:

Balibo (2009), Robert Connolly.s political thriller starring Oscar Isaac and Anthony Lapaglia. Bastardy (2008), Amiel Courtin-Wilson.s impressionistic portrait of the life of Indigenous arts personality Jack Charles.. Blessed (2009), Ana Kokkinos. drama about families, love and loss, starring Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto, Deborra-Lee Furness, William McInnes, Sophie Lowe, Harrison Gilbertson and Reef Ireland.

Meanwhile www.miff.com.au will feature a new dedicated Premiere Fund page outlining all 56 investments along with a link to a new iTunes page where many of those films can be purchased..

Among the notable milestones over the 10 years:

Nearly 32 per cent of the fund.s films had female directors (versus Screen Australia-reported industry average of 16 per cent). Nearly 59 per cent had female producers (versus industry average of 32 per cent). 41 per cent included youth themes.. 27 per cent had elements portraying Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALDs), with 5 per cent having Cald creative principals (director and/or producer(s). 16 per cent included Indigenous themes and/or characters (including Bran Nue Dae), and nearly 7 per cent had Indigenous creative principals. 13 per cent included Lgbti characters and/or issues, with 18 per cent involving Lgbti creative principals. Some 50% of Premiere Fund movies were helmed by first-time directors.

Miff Premiere Fund executive producer Mark Woods said, .The talent we have been able to support has been incredible — 19 per cent of Premiere Fund films are directed by alumni of Miff emerging director workshop Accelerator Lab and 48 per cent advanced their funding at Miff.s film financing event 37ºSouth Market — so we really do feel like we come on a long journey with these projects.. »

- Don Groves

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