DISMEMBERCEMBER: Better Watch Out (2016)

Directed by Chris Peckover, who wrote the script from a story by Zack Kahn, this film starts with 17-year-old babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge, who played Priscilla in Elvis) dealing with an awkward seduction by the five years younger Luke Lerner (Levi Miller). Then a brick flies through the window that says “U leave and U die” and it looks like someone has shot his friend Garrett (Ed Oxenbould). That intruder breaks into the house with a shotgun as Ashley and Levi hide inside the closet.

And then…well, wouldn’t that be giving the whole movie away?

With cameos for Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton as Levi’s parents and enough twists and turns to fill twelve days of Christmas movies, Better Watch Out’s biggest surprise is that it was shot in Australia. Peckover was going to shoot this on a lower budget in North Carolina, but then Australian producer Brett Thornquest heard his mother was an Australian native and gave him $3 million to make it there.

My favorite idea in this movie is that the big city Ashley is moving to is Pittsburgh. What small town is she leaving?

Don’t read up on this movie. Just go into it cold, like I did, and get ready to discover if that paint can trick in Home Alone really would kill someone.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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