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Better Watch Out Blu-ray Review

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“Better Watch Out” is a pleasant surprise.

Set during the Christmas season, the simple story of “Better Watch Out” follows a teen girl (Ashley) who is babysitting the young Luke one last time. The night starts off rather strange as Luke hits on Ashely and Luke’s pal Garrett comes over, but things take a turn for the worse when someone (or maybe multiple people) appear to be surrounding the house and attempting to break in. It soon becomes a game of survival for the three, but perhaps everything is not as it seems.

“Better Watch Out” is one of those movies that is tough to review as it is absolutely best seen knowing as little as possible. It’s the type of movie that you believe is one thing at first, but it becomes something else entirely. If I had to describe it what it’s like though, I would say it’s sort of a cross between “Home Alone” and “The Strangers” with a warped sense of humor and violence.

One thing I can say about it is that’s it’s not only a horror-comedy done right, but it’s a Christmas themed horror-comedy done right. As of right now, this is a rather underseen movie, but hopefully one day, it will become a Christmas horror classic alongside “Black Christmas” and “Silent Night, Deadly Night.” It’s that good. It’s the perfect length, it’s well edited, it’s suspenseful, it’s surprising, it’s funny (but not overly comedic), and it’s just a flat-out good indie horror movie.

Before I end this review, I do have to give props to actor Levi Miller who really impresses here as Luke. Miller (who previously starred as Peter Pan in “Pan”) really shows off his acting chops. Without his convincing performance, I’m not sure the movie would work as well as it does. The whole movie really relies on him much like “Home Alone” depended on Macaulay Culkin.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9 1080p. How does it look? While not the most glamorous hi-def transfer, it’s still solid nonetheless.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? An effective track.

Extras: DVD copy, an art card, Well Go USA trailers, green band and red band trailers for “Better Watch Out,” and a comprehensive 53 minute making of featurette that contains interviews, film clips, behind-the-scenes footage, discussions about many facets of the production and the film, etc.

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November 21, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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