Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Babadook (2014)

Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman and Barbara West

Homicidal Maniac: Tim Purcell as the Babadook

Run time: 1:33:00

Quick Synopsis:  A single mother finds a pop-up book that appears to bring on a sinister presence. 

On its surface, The Babadook may appear to be much like many recent micro-budget horror films such as Sinister and Insideous.  However, as you dig a little deeper there is much more to the film than a simple horror story.  Seven years after the death of her husband, which coincided with birth of her son, Amelia has yet to overcome the pain of her loss.  Unfortunately, her intelligent but high maintenance son is a constant reminder of that pain.  This is where Mister Babadook comes into play.  After finding a creepy
children's, pop-up book, Amelia begins treating her son differently, and soon appears to be possessed by the presence within the book.  Looking at the film literally, it has some great creepiness and a solid plot, but the movie is truly about the deeper meaning and connection to depression and loss.  Just like the Babadook takes control of Amelia, depression can take over a person and force someone to do things that they would not normally do, like mistreating a child similar to how Amelia treats her son while possessed.  And while in the ending may appear anti-climactic, it is a perfect completion to the metaphor.  Amelia takes back control of her life with the help of her son, but the Babadook is not destroyed.  Just like the pain will always be with Amelia, the Babadook does not go away, instead it is locked away in the basement (It is not ignored, however).  The Babadook is a thoughtful awful horror movie.

Fun Fact:  The film was partly funded by Kickstarter

Hidden Gem: Babadook is an anagram of "A Bad Book."

Total Kill Count: 0

             Horror Film: 8
             Entertainment: 7
             Suspense: 7
             Overall: 7.5