Hello, Spongey here. Welcome back to Spongey’s Fright Fest!
Okay, today’s movie did air on Disney Channel. However, it’s one of those Canadian import things that is 1000 times better than the stuff they make themselves.
So this is not a true Modern Disney thing, so you can’t bitch. This is a 2010 Canadian TV movie that the Disney Channel picked up and aired in 2011. This falls under their “unofficial” movies only this one was never made as DCOM at any point.
Yet it gets as much airtime around Halloween as the normal ones. Which is for the better, this is is just as good as most of their output. I mean that in the best possible way.
This, is My Babysitter’s a Vampire
PLOT: Ethan Morgan (Matthew Knight) is a geeky freshman, not trusted by his parents to stay home alone with his little sister Jane. They hire Erica (Kate Todd), a girl from Ethan’s school as a babysitter. However, Erica comes across her best friend Sarah (Vanessa Morgan), and Jesse, Sarah’s vampire ex-boyfriend, on the night she is to babysit, and decides to attend a party that Jesse is throwing instead. During a fight between Sarah and Jesse, Sarah ends up at Ethan’s house and tells Ethan’s parents that she was asked to babysit instead. Horror ensues as that must stop Vampire Jesse from doing evil vampire stuff.
I don’t have a ton to say about this one. I am mostly doing this to have a real reason for re-watching it outside of boredom. Anyway, this movie is pretty good. Not exactly the most complex thing ever but it’s a lot of fun and even has some awesome moments.
But first, I should mention something. The movie opens with Ethan’s sister watching a movie where a vampire dude is talking to a dull chick who wants him to bite her. We later find out the movie is in a series called “Dusk”
That’s it, ANOTHER Fright Fest where the work mocks Twilight. How does this keep happening? Well, this one goes further with it, as “Duskers” are shown all over the place, the main character make slams at them, characters talk about it, and a screening of Dusk 3 is so important to the plot that the climax takes place there.
I thought that was pretty cool. It’s not exactly mean when it comes to Twilight bashing as it’s more of a normal reference to it, though I think they are saying something about Twilight fans when the villains take advantage of the special screening to suck the souls out of teens using some box thingy.
See, it’s gotten to the point where being a Twilight fan will make you lose your soul to an evil vampire dude! …Okay, I’m reading too much into this.
Let’s just get to the story itself. As you can tell, it is basic but it works pretty well. It could have been a lot of simpler but they through on some interesting stuff. From the title I expected it to be kind of Goosebumps-ish where a babysitter shows up and she turns out to be a vampire, but a good one or something.
But nope. There’s a decent amount of set up without characters, including Sarah and Erica before the awesome kicks in. See, we know that Sarah’s boyfriend (for the first 20 minutes) Jesse is being kind of a dick and Erica doesn’t’ like that he dislikes Dusk. It all comes back to Twilight, doesn’t it?
Anyway, Erica is set to be Ethan,-er I mean his sister’s Babysitter but she ends up getting into a fight with Sarah and long story short, she walks off. We find out Sarah got turned into a fledgling vampire by Jesse a couple weeks ago, and he wants her to suck human blood so she can become a full vampire. She doesn’t want that so shit happens and ends up having to run away from the evil jesse.
And like I said in the summary, she happens to end up at Ethan’s house so she takes refuge there (she kind of knew him from school so it kind of makes sense) and just takes up the babysitter role since Erica is out. So they did mess with my expectations, but the title is kind of a lie. His Babysitter was not a vampire. It’s some random chick who took up the role to escape a bad guy.
Anyway, from there the plot is simple but fun. Then in the 2nd half, they start trying to piece together from prophecy stuff to figure out Jesse’s plan and from there we get some decent stuff and the story gets interesting.
They throw in some things for me to talk about, actually. I thought I wouldn’t have much to say but I’m trying to think of when to say what. The story itself is good enough and it had some cool elements that I appreciated.
My only issue is the ending. The pacing is actually pretty solid but for some reason, once the villain is stopped, everything after that is a tad rushed. Some of the left over plot points are kind of wrap uped weirdly. It didn’t bug me that much as it had more of wrap up than most of the normal DCOm’s but it was kind of odd to me.
Otherwise, the story is decent. Before we move on to the characters, I have to applaud this movie for not skimping on the vampire action. These are real vampires who hate the sun, hate garlic, and bite people. A couple people get bitten, and the actual action with the vampires is awesome and fun.
See, I’m sure the real Disney channel would skimp out on showing that stuff, but this movie doesn’t. Anyway, now for the characters.
Ethan is the normal nerd who is more less the responsible one. Benny is the other nerd who is the weird and less responsible one. They aren’t the most complex guys ever but I did like them. Ethan serves fine as the straight man and he has own quirks and funny moments to himself.
Benny is the kind of guy who could cross the line into anyone, but he doesn’t. He’s the one who sometimes fancies himself a ladies man (though not as much our next character) and makes a few nerdy references. They don’t get overboard with that last bit, and I found him funny. The interactions between the two end up being pretty amusing at times.
There are times where the latter may get annoying but they always pull back and they are mostly likable. Even if they aren’t exactly heroes Also, Benny has thing for the kind of nerdy Erica which is amusing since she seems a bit too…not hot for his type. At least until later.
Next is Rory, their extra nerdy friend who think he’s cool. Ethan and Benny aren’t exactly his biggest fans but they still hang out. Rory is one of the more polarizing characters, but most people agree that it depends on how he is used at any given time. I’d have to agree, as sometimes his naivety to the vampire thing early is funny, and other times not.
But most of the time he’s “cool” and I liked him. Also, he becomes a full vampire halfway through the movie and that helps brings some interesting stuff to the table. …Yeah, he becomes a vampire and he’s mostly cool with it. I don’t we ever see his parents, so he knows if they know.
Then there is Erica, Sarah’s “dusker” friend. Yeah, we’re back to Twilight again. She’s…well, a Twilight fan only more likable. And she does end up being bitchy a few times before she finds out about Sarah’s um, reasons for ditching the big Dusk premiere. Yeah, I know but ..sometimes happens later.
Like Rory, she becomes a vampire at the hands of Discount Corbin Blu. Now, Rory simply lost the need for his glasses and just acted a bit more like Rory as a vampire. Erica however….becomes a different character entirely.
She becomes hot and bitchy and she joins the bad vampire gang. Yeah, like I said different character. When she enters in Slow-mo, you wouldn’t know it was her until its revealed. I have to give credit for the actress for pulling off two different personalities flawlessly like this.
A bit later, she says she likes being a badass vampire as she was always ignored, pushed around, and made fun of. This is an interesting element that they could worked on more. However, it kind of works as it is though she doesn’t really change back.
When all is said and done, she isn’t really evil anymore but Sarah just makes a crack about it being too late for her to be human and that’s it. Is she good again? No idea, but
Speaking of Sarah, she’s cool too. Not only is she attractive, but I also liked her little dilemma about the whole vampire thing. See, if she doesn’t get human blood and become a full vampire soon, her mortal body will die. So that creates some interesting issues, and on top of that she’s all sassy and snarky and stuff.
Some of her interactions with the boys are fun and they do (mostly) avoid hooking her up with anyone. Ethan does kind of have the hots for her but there’s no hookup. So I’m glad they avoided doing stuff like that.
But her whole mortal body thing? Yeah, during that rushed bit I mention that is resolved with a hand wave. It’s not quite as lazy as I make it out to be…it’s part of the whole rushed thing I was talking about.
By the way, her actress was on A.N.T Farm for a few episodes. And in one, Cameron thinks she’s an alien (don’t ask) and then suggests she’s a vampire. Lexi says she’s just a babysitter.
On to another thing: Benny’s Grandmother pops up a couple times and it turns out she’s an Earth Priestess. Yes. She tells Ethan he’s a seer (he had some visions earlier) and Benny is also magic-y but I forget what it was.
It’s about as random as I make it sound. Well, they do hint at it with the vision but the thing with Benny’s grandma is weird. It’s not bad or anything, cuz it’s done okay. It just feels weird when it pops up.
And that’s pretty much all I have to see. This is pretty simple movie that is made better with some decent ideas, nice vampire action, good character stuff, and some funny moments. It’s better than a lot of the Disney stuff that it’s sharing a channel with.
But this movie was not the end. Oh no. See….there’s a TV show. Yep, there was a reason for the rushed ending as we found out a little bit later. The TV show picks where we left off as the characters are still dealing with vampire stuff, and even other creatures.
The show itself is pretty damn good. It does what the movie does but even better some pretty creative storylines. Speaking of storylines, there are some interesting story arcs and character stuff. Erica is kind of on their team now though she is now an alpha-bitch type of course.
It gets really interesting and somewhat story driven.. There have been two season so far but there hasn’t’ been much in the way of Season 3 news.
Except there may not be one for now. This wouldn’t be an issue…for the 2nd season finale had a cliffhanger of sorts. That’s right, they really expect us to be okay with the show more or less ending that.
I’ve never had to watch a show that ends like this, so this is kind of new for me. But needless to say, I am NOT happy. However, there MAY be a 2nd movie to finish that story.
I hope that ends up happening cuz man, I need to know what happens. I honestly there would just be a gap with the Us airing as there was close to a YEAR wait from Season 1 to 2. And you thought Gravity Falls fans had it bad…
I think the lack of a Season 3 is what made Disney get a new important for 2013: a British series called Wolfblood. It’s also decent though I may talk about it another time.
Anyway, this movie is good with an even better spin off series. Both are on netflix so you should check it out. I don’t have much else to say, honestly. It has a simple story that works, mostly likable character, and funny moments.
Plus, it mocks Twilight and that’s never a bad thing.
Not exactly my longest, but I did say I didn’t have much to say. In the end, this movie and show….doesn’t suck.