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Angie applies for a babysitting job and finds herself on a remote farm before the Stanton family and their little boy, Sam. But Angie's first night of work might just be her last when she must fight for her life to protect herself and the child. But is everything as it seems? Babysitter Wanted turns the classic "babysitter in peril" horror story absolutely on its head. Suspenseful, funny, gory and defying expectations every step of the way, this is one of the most enjoyable and critically acclaimed roller coaster rides in recent horror cinema history.

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  • Actors: Sarah Thompson, Matt Dallas, Bruce Thomas, Bill Moseley, Nana Visitor
  • Directors: Michael Manasseri, Jonas Barnes
  • Producers: Kimberley Kates, Stephen Eckelberry, David Zappone
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Big Screen Entertainment Group
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038AMVV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Babysitter Wanted [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Carl Manes on September 2, 2010
Format: DVD
Angie is a poor college student takes on a babysitting gig at a remote farmhouse in order to pay for her school expenses. What starts as a quiet evening turns into the night from hell when she begins receiving suspicious phone calls from a mysterious stalker. BABYSITTER WANTED is a strong independent Slasher film that suffers tremendously from having been released in the same year as HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, considering that they are nearly shot-for-shot the exact same film. From the basic plotting and devilish twist to the vintage 80's aesthetic, it is frightening how similar the two truly are. Despite the fact, BABYSITTER WANTED shares many of the same strengths as Ti West's film. Jonas Barnes and Michael Manasseri have successfully created a spooky atmosphere and oppressive mood that builds up to what eventually becomes a brutal and graphic Slasher. The babysitting theme calls back to other genre classics like BLACK CHRISTMAS or WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, where common household noises and the fear of being alone tap into universal terrors the audience can relate to. Just past the half-way point, the entire direction of the film shifts, and girls are found hung, gutted, and dismembered as Angie struggles to survive. Sarah Thompson is excellent in the role of the sweet and unassuming girl next door, and brings a sincerity and authenticity to her performance. If BABYSITTER WANTED had only been released a year earlier, it may have had a much larger impact on Horror audiences, but that should not keep anyone from picking up this dark and mean-spirited film.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on June 19, 2010
Format: DVD
This was a highly entertaining movie and well done from a directing perspective. In short, a $ poor college girl takes a babysitting job to buy a bed for her dorm, only to find the job entails far more than babysitting. The story spends little time on background and within 15 minutes introduces horror elements that keep you engaged almost immediately, and does not really slow down at all until the end. Nearly no wasted scenes at all, they all fit together well in a cohesive whole. Despite comments about this being a low budget film, it didn't feel that way at all, except for: (1) not amazing picture quality (definitely not hollywood blockbuster-level video quality), and (2) the lack of recognizable actors (except for the guy from House of 1000 Corpses). Otherwise, this felt like a fully mainstream movie, and some of the video grit probably contributed to production values. Further, the story was great. The cover essentially tells you there is a twist, and its a good one, although there are aspects fairly easy to predict (but that doesn't necessarily detract too much from the fun of the twist). I will say, however, the cover sells it as a darkly humorous horror; while there were a few slightly comedic elements, I do not agree with that characterization. Not that it detracts from the movie at all, but just don't expect that type of film. Very highly recommended.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By R. Schultz VINE VOICE on July 22, 2010
Format: DVD
If you like sensing a stalker, there is some suspense for you at the beginning of this movie as an innocent young college student finds herself in some increasingly ominous surroundings. If you like raw slasher action, you'll get plenty of that as the movie devolves into being a real cut-up. I'm not sure that the turn the plot takes validates all the carnage. It is so misogynistic and brutal in parts, that a viewer can only maintain a charitable view of human nature by taking the imaginings projected on screen here as being campy.

However, you might find the most interesting part of this DVD to be the commentary. This bonus feature is hidden among the "Set-Up" options. It's worth checking out for a variety of reasons. The film's directors and its star kick back in an air of jocular, slightly intoxicated ease, and offer their views on the movie's action and on life in general.

Listening to this commentary is like being invited to a college frat party. But it also can painlessly provide an interesting sociological study. It's a good example of how men and women view violence against women differently. While still keeping in the easy-going spirit of the gathering, Sarah Thompson reminds the directors how she had stipulated that she would star in this film only on condition that it would not include any blatantly exploitative shots of women being mutilated. She chided the men about clearly NOT having lived up to their promises in that regard. She also mentions that members of PETA would probably appreciate this film because it shows the horror of what it's like to be butchered. Directors Manasseri and Barnes don't quite seem to get Thompson's point on this score.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JJ LoveBeast on January 19, 2010
Format: DVD
The standard sitter-in-jeopardy stalker yarn is given a wicked twist in this tense, gruesome, suprisingly funny and very clever tale.
A highly recommended, underseen gem with a great 80's horror vibe that begs for a Region 1 release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 27, 2010
Format: DVD
At last, the perfect movie to watch w/ HOUSE OF THE DEVIL! BABYSITTER WANTED has a similar college-student-needing-money-takes-babysitter-job-at-remote-location story going on. In SITTER, we get Sarah Thompson as the title character, watching an odd little boy while his parents are out. The terror mounts as the night goes on, culminating in a shocking revelation! I was pleasantly surprised by the twists in this one! Loaded w/ mystery, suspense, and creeping chills, BABYSITTER WANTED made my night!... P.S.- Watch for Bill Mosely as a cop!...
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