Joe Ballarini, the writer of Netflix’s recent family-horror film A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, recently revealed that a scene and a particular character were too scary to be included in the movie. The film follows a babysitter, played by Tamara Smart, who must find the child she was watching, who was taken by the Boogeyman, thus discovering an underground society of babysitters that protect children and fight monsters. The film is directed by Rachel Talalay, who has worked on a few horror films over the years, notably as a producer on A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master and director on Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.
The series has been described as reminiscent of Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? but with aspects of a hidden and unimaginable world like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The last book of Ballarini’s trilogy was released in July of 2019, with the movie rights being acquired by Walden Media and The Montecito Picture Company before the trilogy even began publication. It has already been speculated that the series will continue, turning all the books into family-friendly horror films.
According to an interview with Collider, Ballarini believes that Talalay’s film adaption is very faithful to the source material, even if a scene and character were changed because they were too scary for the film. Ballarini stated this about the “cat lady:”
“The cat lady in the book is a really sort of gnarly, ghosty, scary, creepy, spooky house, and it’s a cat lady who loved her cats so much, she fed herself to them … I think maybe I pushed a little too far with the cat ladies of the world. And Rachel really had a unique vision for Peggy Drood and really took Peggy Drood in a much more imaginative, almost really modern take on what that cat lady would be, so the cat lady’s actually a really cool, seductive almost, very stylish character that turns out to be like, ‘Wow, that’s a totally different vibe from the book,’ but it really works within the context of the film.”