It is Halloween.!! And Netflix knows how to celebrate it and make it unique for the viewers. Another exciting entry to Netflix’s Halloween 2020 collection is ‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting.’ It tells the story of an ordinary teenager Kelly Ferguson (Tamara Smart). He unenthusiastically agrees to babysit her mother’s boss’ son. When the young boy is held by the same monster that traumatized her when she was a child herself, she must begin on an unbelievable but dangerous journey to rescue him.
She realizes that the world is filled with monsters, and there is a global secret society of babysitters that fights them to protect gifted children. Directed by Rachel Talalay, the film is based on the first book in the same name’s young-adult trilogy.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting Plot Synopsis
The film takes off when Kelly was still a child. As shown later through flashbacks, she used to be one of the few children who has the “Gift of Dreams”. It manifests whatever they see in their dreams and nightmares into the real world. One night, she is visited by The Grand Guignol (Tom Felton), who wants to create an army of such manifestations. One of the seven Boogeypeople, his last goal, is to bring ruin down on humanity.
Kelly was saved by her babysitter, who turns to be a member of the Order of the Babysitters, as well as by her imagination. Several years have since passed. Kelly is now an exceptionally talented math wiz with common teen issues, from mean girls to pretty boys to well-meaning but hapless parents.
Some bullies at her school call her the “Monster Girl,” referring to her childhood trauma. It’s a nickname she later learns to embrace.
The high-school freshman’s plan to attend a Halloween party gets crashed when her mother proposes her to babysit the son of her mother’s boss, Ms. Zellman. Once she reaches Ms. Zellman’s home, she is introduced to her son, calm and shy Jacob. After the older woman leaves for an office party, Kelly learns that Jacob is also plagued by monstrous dreams and doesn’t want to fall asleep.
Later that night, three goblin-like creatures (known as toadies in the film) show up and abduct him. After the police dismiss her plea for help as yet another Halloween prank call, a girl shows up on a motorcycle with a baby tied on her back.
Kelly spots a different set of impressions outside of Jacob’s room, indicating that some other creature than the toadies had been there during the abduction. Impressed by Kelly’s math and deductive skills, the mysterious babysitter, Liz Larue (Oona Laurence), lets her come along as she goes to look for Jacob.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting Ending Explained
Liz is the vice president of the Rhode Island branch of the Order of the Babysitters. Kelly learns that some of the most famous historical personalities, both men and women, have been secret organizations. Their main job is to protect the children with the Gift of Dreams from beasts. Liz takes Kelly to their base, where she meets three other members, Curtis Critter (Ty Consiglio), Berna Vincent (Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson), and Cassie Zhen (Lynn Masako Cheng).
When Kelly figures out that the same monster that came for her all those years ago has taken Jacob. It is later revealed that The Grand Guignol also abducted her brother Kevin. The toadies take Jacob to their base, where The Grand Guignol has set up a massive foundation to harvest the nightmarish creatures from the young boy’s dreams. But Jacob turns out to be a smart and willful child who refuses to fall asleep.
One of the toadies leads the girls to the apartment where a shadow creature waits to eat them. It happens to be the same house where the student party is hosted. Clever as ever, Kelly knows that the creature’s one weakness is light. She defeats it by telling her schoolmates to take pictures of her while she jumps from the first floor. With all the phone camera flashing, the creature is forced to retreat. The Grand Guignol realizes that he needs an artefact known as the Cat’s Eye Amulet to make Jacob fall asleep.
The babysitters come to the same conclusion. Liz and Kelly go to the only supernatural being that holds one such item in the locality, the silent-era movie star turned witch Peggy Drood (Indya Moore). Once there, they are easily overpowered by Peggy and The Grand Guignol. The latter remembers his history with both girls. He leaves with the amulet and Liz. Peggy orders her cats to attack Kelly, but she manages to escape.
The Adventure-Packed Climax
Back at the base, Curtis perfects Angel Fire, the only solution that can kill The Grand Guignol. However, it’s not enough. Angel Fire needs to be driven into the creature’s heart with a decisive move known as the Monster Punch, and it’s almost challenging to execute. The babysitters realize that the beasts have set up their headquarters at the Qeeqong lighthouse. Kelly tries to sneak into there but is caught by The Grand Guignol. She fools the toadies and escapes again, only to be attacked by a possessed Liz. Kelly helps her remember who she is by speaking about her brother.
In the meantime, the babysitter base is attacked by the shadow creature. Berna leaves for the Qeeqong lighthouse with Angel Fire, while Curtis and Cassie successfully trap the shadow creature. Kelly and Liz fight against The Grand Guignol, and this is when Berna shows up. Kelly calculates the exact amount of force she needs to push Angel Fire into The Grand Guignol’s heart to bring him down. Berna and Liz distract him while Kelly leaps and shoves the magical blend into the creature, killing him.
Afterwards, Kelly gets Jacob home right before his mother arrives. Ms. Zellman asks her to babysit Jacob the coming day as well, and Kelly happily agrees. Her crush, Victor, video calls her and asks her out on a movie date the next day. She politely declines because of the babysitting responsibilities. Liz tells her that she will speak to the president about accepting Kelly as a babysitter-in-training. Life seems to be going great for Kelly.
Can there be a Sequel?
Before Liz leaves, she gives Kelly a tablet containing the eponymous guidebook, which lists all the world’s known monsters. The Grand Guignol was the younger brother of Serena, the Spider Queen. Also, a member of the Boogeypeople, Serena, is ruthless, conniving, and likes to drink people’s blood – “the younger, the better.” Furthermore, Kelly promises to Liz that they will find Kevin together. So, of course, there are loads of chances for a sequel but not so soon.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is streaming on Netflix with an 5.3/10 rating on IMDb and 3/5 Common Sense Media. It is surely a one time watch.