Review: The Babadook (2014)

A nice little movie about masturbating mothers, decapitated fathers and monster-hunting sons. It’s also much, much more.

blu“THE BABADOOK”
2014
Horror
Australia

Director: Jennifer Kent
Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney
Distributor: Scream Factory
Runtime: 93 mins
BLU-RAY REGION A

“If it’s in a word or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook”

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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.

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What a magnificent combination of horror and drama. I got scared and amazed. The talent and execution of writer/director Jennifer Kent gives depth to the characters and substance to the story. It’s also well played, tragic, scary, realistic and nightmarish. The post-traumatic psychosis that occur every year when her son has birthday (his father died when he was born) together with little sleep is feeding the monster, who grows bigger and badder at this point. This underlaying theme gives the movie extra depth. Babadook is one of the better movies I’ve seen in a long time.

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This BLU-RAY has all the extras you could ever want. I’m looking forward to check them out. The short-movie “Monster” that eventually became this movie. Featurettes, behind the scenes and interviews.

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