Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dollar Bin Horror Splurge - The Babadook

A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

So, this was a film I had only recently heard about (I'm behind...I know) and everyone seemed to have had an opinion on. Critics apparently loved it if you google reviews for it...other people I know personally who are horror fans were mixed. They either loved it or thought it was...for lack of a better term "meh". They said it was overhyped and "not terrible, but not amazing". I beg to differ.

The Babadook is brilliant. Just plain brilliant. I felt emotions and connections for ALL the characters (which is surprising for me since usually I just connect to one or maybe a few, but here every character had a part to play in this twisted tale and played it well). The little boy...I don't know where they found him, but I love him! He's a fucking terrifying little kid! Not to give any spoilers, but the scene in the car after the party...that little boy had me jumping! And poor mom...the deterioration of her connection with reality due to the Babadook was sad and disturbing. Her acting was spot on and left me with shivers. The mom and son's relationships with the other characters in the film gave it even more of that something that draws you into the story. I didn't want it to end! But when it did, it left you satisfied. And let's not forget the book! Babdook came from a pop-up book that mom read to her son for bed...and what a creepy little book it is. I love the artwork and the story in the book itself. It's a creepy little poem that turns completely sinister as the film progresses.


The writing, the style, the emotion, dark and unsettling feel to the home they lived it...everything fit together so wonderfully. And the best part...IT WAS ACTUALLY SCARY! It didn't rely of lots of blood or graphic nudity (which I love, but it's nice to see a film once in a while that's just a damn good film). It got inside your head and played tetherball with your emotions. I would recommend this movie to everyone. Whether you liked it or not, it's a film that should be seen at least once.


Richard said...

Probably the most brilliant horror movie I've seen in many years.

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