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07/18/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Babadook

An unnerving psychological horror film. What it is about and what it is really about are two different things. It's about a woman raising her difficult young son, and doing so alone because the husband was killed in an auto accident. The accident took place while the couple were on their way to the hospital for the boy's birth. The story takes place 6 or 7 years later. The mother is a very sympathetic figure, as the boy truly is difficult and because she has never properly faced her grief over her husband's death. A children's book is found in the boy's room - Mr. Babadook. The book is only several pages long, and features strange drawings and short verses. They outline the story of Mr. Babadook, a story which begins pleasantly enough and ends ominously, but openly (see the movie)...

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05/18/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Monster You Can't Get Rid Of

So, this movie is pretty damn creepy but it couldn't really scare me, at least not in the ways that I was expecting it to. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that the nightmare in The Babadook is a very personal one. Basically, because the main character never discusses her husband's death, all of her pent up thoughts and feelings sort of manifested into this monster called the babadook- a monster that she can't get rid of. Even at the movie's end she doesn't get rid of it, she simply learns to live with it in the same way that she has to learn to live with her husband's death in a healthier way instead of just pushing everything back. I thought it was a very interesting horror movie- and one with a genuinely satisfying ending, which isn't something that happens a lot in this genre....

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02/16/2015 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

An excellent and breathtaking psycho-horror

"If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look
You can’t get rid of the Babadook.”

For a horror to be successful, there are several opportunities for hands. Either you use gore elements in such a way that blood, guts and all sorts of other slimy ingredients start dripping, slipping and flowing from the screen. Either an old known creepy veteran (vampire, werewolf or serial killer) shows up and during nocturnal activities scares the shit out of people. Or you use a busload of "from the underworld" derived demons, who take control of a weak person or some ramshackle building and should be exorcised by applying religious rituals what leads to objects flying around and an in foreign language speaking monstrous-looking possessed person. "The Babadook" has none of this. ...

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01/05/2015 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

"The Babadook" by Yojimbo

An exhausted single mother struggling with a young son with behavioural problems is stalked by a supernatural creature featured in a children's book called "The Babadook". Mark Kermode's choice for best movie of 2014 is a psychological horror story using the format of a chiller to explore the taboo subject of the darker side of motherhood. Taking stylistic cues from J Horror and The Grudge in particular, the story is a harrowing tale of a mother, convincingly played by Essie Davis, who can't cope with her own child and falls into anxiety and depression, eventually fearing for her sanity. First time writer/director Jennifer Kent has created a film that is atmospherically shot and has a real feel for tension making for a genuinely chilling and thought provoking story. I suspect it...

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01/02/2015 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Beware the Baba-Dook-Dook-Dook

'The Babadook' is unlike any horror film you'll see this year. It contains many familiar elements, but the superb execution of those elements combined with a strong story and characters are what make it feel new. Omitting the supernatural parts of the story leaves us with an already great drama about coping with grievance. The mother and son dynamic creates dramatic tension through remorse. I felt deeply for their troubles and was on edge just from their confrontations. Their clash is what manifests the ghostly happenings. The slow build could not be more perfectly paced. The Babadook creature is a haunting presence that always lives in the shadows, like the dark recesses of the two main characters' shared struggle. These threads seamlessly blend into one thematic thread that quie...

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11/04/2014 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

A horror movie that tries.

Finally a good horror film with no annoying jump scares.

When a disturbing storybook called 'The Babadook' turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he's been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son's behaviour, is forced to medicate him.

They are so many bad horror films out there right now that I'm pretty tired and sick of seeing, but The Babadook is not like those films. This horror movie did something that Annabelle or Ouija couldn't do, and that is try to be original and scary.

Babadook is a movie that got under my skin if I got to be honest. The chilling and uneasy atmosphere and it's sense of fear that this movie truly nails it for me a...

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