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Babysitter Massacre 
Written by: on July 19th, 2013

Theatrical Release Date:
USA, 2013
Director: Henrique Couto
Writer: Henrique Couto
Cast: Erin R. Ryan, Marylee Osborne, Haley Madison

DVD Released: July 16th, 2013
Approximate running time: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78.1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Independent Entertainment / Pop Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99

Synopsis: A group of high school girls had a babysitter club. Two of the members were trick or treating when one was kidnapped and murdered and the other became goth and pierced. Seven years later, the masked killer is back.

Anyone looking for a slasher throwback will get their money’s worth with numerous torture / slay set pieces, mostly taking place in a basement. There’s no actual setup or characterization for the most part, so there’s no emotional involvement to get in the way. There’s also only one actual on-duty babysitter featured and that’s pre-credits, but she sets the tone: plump busty babes with tattoos get kidnapped, tied to a chair, and murdered by a whole toolbox worth of methods. Looks like WD-40 is one.

The gore makeup effects are quite effective but the most endearing aspects (in short supply here) of the entire feature are two of the leading ladies: Erin Ryan as Angela and Joni Durian as Lucky. They are both charming and charismatic (especially Joni) and both have extended solo nude scenes (especially Erin). And no visible piercings or tattoos. If I come back seven years from now to this DVD, it will be for two good reasons.

The DVD:

Independent Cinema always does quality work releasing micro-budget films and this is no exception. Blacks are pitch black as they should be. Lots of extras are included and the World Premiere at Englewood Cinema puts things in perspective as director Henrique Couto makes an impassioned Ed Woodsian speech in front of a packed cinema of about 75 persons. “There are a lot of you guys here.”  The best extra has cast and crew ‘interviews’; this time Henrique sports a severely faithful Salvidore Dali mustachio but the main reason to watch, again, is for glimpses of the charming Erin Ryan and Joni Durian.

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