Today: June 11, 2024

The Babadook

Essie Davis stars as the damaged, frazzled widow who lost her husband in a car accident on the day of their son’s birth. Fast forward seven years and her grief has left her on the brink of a nervous breakdown. If that isn’t bad enough the poor woman is now being stalked by the bad guy from a very twisted not so children’s, children’s book.

In this Exorcist/The Ring hybrid movie, director Jennifer Kent does and excellent job at setting a chilling atmosphere leaving you too terrifyingly spellbound to yell at the screen.

Stylistic camera shots create an intense feel, especially the close chopping ones, which thicken the sense of unease. Sound is used in various ways – from the fizzy crackling of a light to the subtle way the music creeps in and abruptly stomps out – to heighten the tension and keep you in the dark when it comes to the unsettling direction the film is taking. The combination of both the visuals and the sound work together to produce a sophisticated, pants wetting effect.

The choice of cast is apt. Davis commits to the role of on edge mum Amelia as does Noah Wiseman when he takes on the part of Samuel, her son. Isolated in grief and shunned because of Samuel’s behavioural problems the two forge a pact to protect each other against the monstrous Babadook, a pact which is put to the test.

Where the movie lets itself down is at the end. An unclear, unsatisfying ending over who the Babadook is or was and where it came from leaves a sour taste in ones mouth.

However that can all be alleviated by the strength of the cast and the core of the story, which is utterly captivating.

A perfect chilly, thriller but if your stomach is made of stronger stuff The Babadook still has plenty of enjoyment on offer.

Previous Story

Oscar Predictions 2015

Next Story

Two Night Stand

Latest from Blog

Memory

Memory (2023)

Memory is an exquisite American drama in the tender embrace of Michel Franco’s cinematic prowess.

Columbo: The Complete 1970s Collection

The concept was groundbreaking: a murder mystery in which the audience is told in the first five minutes who done it, and then they get to watch the detective work it out.

Chinatown Unboxing

One of the greatest films of all time, Roman Polanski’s noir masterpiece Chinatown makes its long-awaited 4K UHD debut with breathtaking results. The film looks and sounds absolutely magnificent, pulling us right

The Lawnmower Man Collection Unboxing

Until now, 1992 sci-fi horror flick The Lawnmower Man – and its derided 1995 follow-up Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyperspace – are films that I had frankly forgotten even existed. I have

Train to Busan and Peninsula Unboxings

2016’s Train to Busan and its 2020 standalone sequel Peninsula are among the best zombie films out there, and so it is great news to finally have them on 4K UHD thanks
Go toTop

Don't Miss

The Babadook – 4K UHD Unboxing

Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook is one of the most acclaimed

The Babadook

Whilst on the surface just another foray into the ‘monster