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.
Directed: Jennifer Kent
I don’t think The Babadook is particularly scary, there I said it. Don’t get me wrong there are a few moments where you’re likely to grip your seat or lose your popcorn.
This is a film that will unnerve you. Doing so in such a way that it will play on your mind long after you’ve driven out of the cinema carpark.
Robbie at first glance is your average brat. He gets himself into all kinds of trouble and does anything to gain his mother’s attention. Even going so far as to climb into bed with her at night when he cannot sleep himself.
Convinced there are monsters lurking around every corner Robbie’s inventive imagination is able to create a number of home made lethal weapons. One of which ends up getting him expelled from school.
One night Robbie selects a book from the shelf called The Babadook. The first few pages seem ordinary enough but then the dark illustrations and story become more horrifying.
Amelia is up against it as Robbie’s erratic behaviour takes hold of her and sends her spiralling into a world of hallucinogenic insomnia.
The film is limited by vibrant colour. Pale blues and greys are used to portray a dark and moody atmosphere. This is also reflective of Amelia’s state of mind as through lack of sleep she starts to lose her grip on reality and worst of all begin to resent her son.
It’s not main stream horror and it doesn’t rely heavily on tired cliches. It sets out to do something different, telling a story of heart ache and trauma. How people put their lives back together and most of all the need to be loved.
The Babadook himself is a pretty terrifying figure. A cross between Nosferatu and the child catcher it’s a manifestation sure to put a few hairs on the back of your neck. Perhaps even make it difficult to sleep for a few nights.
There is no need for a sequel or even prequel, and I have no desire to find out about the origins of that book. For once let’s leave a triumphant horror film as a one off, and let the memory of that top hatted silhouette haunt us for years to come.
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