McG interview: The Babysitter: Killer Queen, sequels and genre mashups

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You probably know McG as the director of Charlie’s Angels, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Terminator Salvation. Now, his sequel to the 2017 hit Netflix movie, The Babysitter is streaming, and we sat down to talk to him about it.

McG has directed and produced movies, music videos and albums. He even put together the band Sugar Ray with Mark McGrath and formed his own record label. Most recently, he directed and produced The Babysitter: Killer Queen, which is the much anticipated sequel to The Babysitter.

1428 Elm: First, I have to tell you how much I loved The Babysitter. I have turned a lot of people on to it, and it is seriously one of my favorites.

McG: That’s so great to hear! I love that, because they’re both such odd little movies. I mean, they’re funky little experimental movies that you can’t put in a box. I think they’re movies for film fans, and music fans and television fans, because they’re such a mash-up of so many things that I think we all grew up listening to, and watching and getting passionate about.

1428 Elm: They really are, and especially with the first one, not knowing what to expect, it was just such a fun surprise to see how everything came about. I mean, seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s one of my favorites.

McG: I’m smiling ear to ear. I wish we were on Zoom so you could see my smile!

1428 Elm: And I have to tell you, going into the sequel, I was a little bit skeptical, but I really liked it as well. So, good job on both of those films.

McG: Yeah, sequels are tough. It’s funny, I cut a joke in Killer Queen. When Phoebe and Cole, after the jet ski explodes, and she recognizes the medic medal, he’s like, “Terminator 2?”

And, she says, “Yeah, it’s one of the few sequels in cinematic history to exceed the original.” And originally, he said, “What are the others?” And she goes, “Godfather II, Aliens, Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle.” And Cole goes, “Aliens.”

It was sort of my way of throwing myself under the bus, because I don’t think the second Charlie’s Angels movie was as good as the first one. I was so focused on delivering a satisfactory sequel, and a lot of people didn’t like the Terminator movie I made, and I tried to do my best, but I think I just missed on a couple of levels.

And yeah, you’re right, sequels…I don’t blame you. It’s easy to go in a little suspect, and oftentimes be let down, but hopefully with this one, we took what was the beginning of a good thing in the first one, and took it higher.

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