The Night Sitter (2018) [Sin City Horror Fest 2018]

A young woman takes a gig watching a man’s son and his date’s son one evening as she cases the place. As the evening advances, supernatural events start putting a wrench in her plans.

Written and directed by Abiel Bruhn and John Rocco, The Night Sitter is a horror-comedy that takes itself just seriously enough to work and not seriously enough to become boring. The writing and directing come together in a way that creates a fun movie where multiple things stack up to bring the film to its third act filled with horror and the supernatural while still keeping its sense of humor. The set-up start of the film is fairly simple and so is the story in general, but it’s fun watch. The humor is hit or miss, but the proceedings are enjoyable with a bit of everything for everyone. The horror in and of itself is not the scariest, but pairs well with the story and its humor. When the surprise shows up, things go off in a new direction and the film finds its pacing and its interesting points.

The cast of the film delivers the humor and the horror through performances that are fitting of the material and enjoyable to watch. Lead actress Elyse Dufour plays her character of Amber fairly straight forward, keeping a bit of her intentions hidden from other characters but not from the viewer. Her work brings the viewer in and keeps the attention until the films really gets into its groove and starts throwing the horror in left and right. She’s a fun one to watch and has a good screen presence. The cast supporting her is composed of Jack Champion, Jermaine Rivers, Amber Neukum, etc. Newkum is the stand out of the bunch here, giving the possessed performance that is needed for the film to advance and to keep the entertainment factor up. Her work is a bit crazy, a bit possessed, a bit what-the-hell-was-that, and it works perfectly well in context.

The effects here are very well-done, particularly for the budget level they had. The film has a bunch of different effect pieces and all are well-done. These take a bit to show up but once they do, they are great to see and add a lot to the film as its central theme is something that does require a bit of special effects. Another part of the visual effects that is paid interesting attention is the lighting. Here lights and colored lights are used not only for atmosphere but to add to the effects and to create points of interest. The understanding of proper lighting and how to use lights in stories and in visual set-ups is strong here which leads to good images not only because of good cinematography, but also because things are thought out in advance and made to look certain ways with a purpose. The cinematography itself by Scotty G. Field is well-done and keeps the story in focus.

The Night Sitter is a fun little romp with supernatural elements and a few twists and turns that gives the viewer some characters that are realistic enough to remind the viewer of some people they might know and just cinematic enough to carry the film through. The action and horror are good and the humor may be hit or miss, but there is something in there for everyone. The film as a whole is entertaining and fun, a quick watch perfect for a Saturday with friends in front of the screen.