This Christmas movie will replace your cheer with fear

A scene in the movie Better Watch Out. (Photo supplied: Showmax)
A scene in the movie Better Watch Out. (Photo supplied: Showmax)

Cape Town - Not in the Christmas spirit yet? Then Better Watch Out is the film for you. 

As Entertainment Weekly wrote, “If you want to gift yourself a holiday film that decks the halls with blood, this is one to put under the tree."

In this gleefully unhinged holiday horror-comedy, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge from The Visit) looks after precocious 12-year-old Luke (Levi Miller from Pan). What begins as a normal evening soon takes a dark turn when intruders break into the house, but this is far from a normal home invasion.

Better Watch Out has won eight international awards, including the jury prize at Frightfest and the audience award at Fantasia last year. The film has an 88% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where it was recently named the second best Christmas horror film ever, with the critics' consensus saying, “Carried by its charismatic young cast, Better Watch Out is an adorably sinister holiday horror film.”

As Bloody Disgusting wrote, "Better Watch Out provides a bonkers twist on the home invasion sub-genre that had me squealing with glee from start to finish."

Or to get more high-brow about it, Los Angeles Times-style, “In the long, sordid history of the ‘Christmas horror’ sub-genre, there's never been a movie quite like Better Watch Out, a consistently surprising and unusually well-acted thriller, which says pertinent things about suburbia, holiday entertainment and toxic masculinity.” 

Just be warned: You’ll never be able to watch Home Alone the same way ever again.


Stream Better Watch Out first and only on Showmax.

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