Monday, February 25, 2013

BABY-SITTING: A Short Film Showcasing Short Killers

Baby-Sitting (2012)
Director: Lucas Masson
Seen via: Nevermore Film Festival
Runtime: 20 min

Killer kids are a perennial horror favorite of mine, but I have a couple of stipulations: first, I prefer gleeful little monsters above stone-faced mannequins. If they're not enjoying themselves amidst the bloodshed, then why should I? Second, there's strength in numbers. One evil child? No problem, punt the little brat across the room. Once they start outnumbering the adults, that's when things get scary.

Baby-Sitting is a short film written, directed, and produced by Lucas Masson. It focuses on a young woman who's just accepted a job watching a couple of what appear to be very well behaved kids. Too well-behaved actually - they're pretty close to catatonic. After inviting a couple of friends over to keep her company, it appears that this will just be another unusual work-related story to tell. That is, until her friends start poking a little too much fun at the tykes, and the kids decide to start a game of their own...

Baby-Sitting doesn't appear to meet either of my killer-kid criteria initially, but I was happy to find that it quickly turns the tables on the sitters. It's fast-paced, clever, bloody and frequently hilarious. It also throws in a shocking twist or two for good measure. In other words, it's everything I look for in a short film. Baby-Sitting has been showing up at lots of fests recently, and I'd recommend you keep your eyes open for it. It's a very strong first effort by Masson, and is a bloody good time. Vive French horror!

Thanks to the Nevermore Film Fest for screening Baby-Sitting. Watch the teaser here, and check out the film's Facebook page. The Panic Attack films site is still under construction at the time of this writing, but can be found at

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