‘A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting’ Trailer: ‘Freddy’s Dead’ Director Brings Kid-Friendly Horror To Netflix

Now we know what The Babysitter’s Club was REALLY about. They were secretly part of a long line of monster hunters who have been around for thousands of years. Taking care of your kids in the day, battling monsters at night. At least, I wish there was a way to connect that with Netflix’s A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, an actual movie that is actually coming out next month.

It sounds like an SNL or College Humor sketch idea, but A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is a film based on a series of books by Joe Ballarini, who wrote the movie adaptation. Behind the camera is Rachel Talalay, whose creds include Tank Girl, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, and episodes of Iron Fist and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Interestingly, Ivan Reitman, creator and really the shepherd of the Ghostbusters franchise, is on board as a producer. Perhaps he sees another long-running series of films that have some fun with the supernatural world?

The cast includes Tamara Smart, Oona Laurence, Alessio Scalzotto, Ian Ho, Tamsen McDonough, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Lynn Masako Cheng, Ty Consiglio, Ashton Arbab, Crystal Balint, Ricky He, with Indya Moore and Tom Felton. Both Laurence and Felton are pretty unrecognizable here, too.

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting hits Netflix on October 5th.

SYNOPSIS: When high school freshman Kelly Ferguson (Tamara Smart) reluctantly agrees to babysit Jacob Zellman (Ian Ho) on Halloween, the last thing she expects is to be recruited into an international secret society of babysitters who protect kids with special powers from monsters. In order to keep Jacob safe from harm, Kelly teams with no-nonsense chapter Vice President Liz Lerue (Oona Laurence), tech genius Berna Vincent (Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson), creature expert Cassie Zhen (Lynn Masako Cheng) and potions master Curtis Critter (Ty Consiglio) to defeat a Boogeyman known as “The Grand Guignol” (Tom Felton), a glamorous witch named “Peggy Drood” (Indya Moore) and their legion of mysterious monsters. Based on the first installment of Joe Ballarini’s popular scary book series of the same name, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is directed by Rachel Talalay, produced by Ivan Reitman and Amie Karp, with Naia Cucukov, Tom Pollock, and Ilona Herzberg executive producing. Alessio Scalzotto, Tamsen McDonough, Ashton Arbab, Crystal Balint, and Ricky He also co-star in this action-packed adventure about working together to overcome your fears.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.