Better Watch Out

Australia | 2017 | 99 min. (incl. 14 min. short film) | Chris Peckover

Home Alone meets Funny Games in a true nightmare before Christmas, as a disturbed home invader menaces a quick-witted babysitter and her cunning 12-year-old charge who is harboring a rabid age-inappropriate crush.

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Look out, yuletide horror films, there's a new kid in town. His name is Luke (Levi Miller, Pan), he's almost 13, mischievous, and actually excited that his parents (Patrick Warburton and Virginia Madsen) have hired a babysitter for the night while they head out to a Christmas party. That's because the sitter is his 17-year-old crush, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge, The Visit), and Luke has made plans to finally declare his love for her. Unfortunately, their quiet suburban home is about to be visited by a very un-jolly intruder who plans to create a real nightmare before Christmas, trapping these teenagers―and even their friends and, yikes, boyfriends―in a twisted tale of terror. The second feature from director Chris Peckover (his first was the audacious 2010 immigration chiller Undocumented), Better Watch Out is a sharp, sadistic horror comedy that pays tribute to both John Hughes and Michael Haneke while offering a subversive twist on the home-invasion story that cleverly upends expectations. It is a truly grisly and demented film, one that horror fans are likely to make a holiday tradition for years to come.

Director Biography

Chris Peckover's made his feature directorial debut with Undocumented, a tense immigration thriller. Better Watch Out won Monster Fest's 2016 Best Australian Feature Film award.

Sponsored by Scarecrow Video, The Stranger, Thomas Zimmermann

  • Director: Chris Peckover
  • Principal Cast: Olivia DeJong, Levi Miller, Dacre Montgomery, Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Australia, USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 99 min. (incl. 14 min. short film)
  • Producer: Sidonie Abbene, Brion Hambel, Paul Jensen, Brett Thronquest
  • Screenplay: Chris Peckover
  • Cinematographers: Carl Robertson
  • Awards: Monster Fest 2016 (Best Australian Feature Film, Best Performance in a Feature Film)
  • Filmography: Undocumented (2010)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Well Go USA
  • International Sales: XYZ Films

Preceded by Short Film: "The Kidnapping of Richard Franco"

This film will be preceded by the short film "The Kidnapping of Richard Franco" (United Kingdom | 2017 | 14 minutes| Dan Clark)

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