During the month of December, there are a lot of Christmas movies to choose from, but it’s difficult for many to decide which new ones are worth watching and which are not. For those seeking a little more thrill from their holiday viewing experience, movies like Die Hard generally fare well. And for those in search of scares as a way to ring in the Christmas season, movies like Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night rarely disappoint.
But what about people looking for something new? It seems like many of us are watching the same movies over and over every year. Well, to those looking for something that packs a seriously horrifying punch while remaining festive for the Christmas season, look no further, Better Watch Out is a wonderful addition to the holiday viewing library.
Written by Zack Kahn along with Chris Peckover and Directed by Peckover, Better Watch Out tells the story of a 12-year-old boy named Luke Lerner (Levi Miller), whose parents are leaving for a party on Christmas Eve. Lerner has a crush on his babysitter, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), but there’s a problem: Ashley is five years his senior. She also has a boyfriend.
Luke tries his best to impress Ashley by drinking Champagne and watching horror movies with her, but it seems like a futile effort after she responds to his attempt to kiss her by telling him it’s “the most inappropriate thing ever.”
Everything takes a turn for the worst when Ashley begins receiving strange phone calls and discovers a brick has come through a window with the words “U Leave, U Die” written on it. Ashley and Luke hide from a masked intruder armed with a shotgun in this survival horror movie set around Christmas.
Better Watch Out is filled with no fewer than three huge plot twists while both Olivia DeJonge and Levi Miller give wonderful acting performances.
Filled with some of the most jaw-dropping moments in recent horror history, Better Watch Out toes the line a number of times with making the audience uncomfortable. But in the end, this movie is an emotional roller coaster that never stops being suspenseful and compelling.
It’s best to go into this movie blind, in fact, I wouldn’t recommend even watching a trailer before seeing it, lest the movie be spoiled. For those wondering where they can see Better Watch Out, the movie is currently streaming exclusively on Shudder, which currently offers new customers a free trial and is $4.99 per month after that.