Film Review: The Babadook

Tuesday 8 September 2015 by

Jennifer Kent, Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, The Babadook, Horror, Film

Over the past few years there has been a real resurgence of horror films; a return to the days when scripts were sharp, characters had depth, and the plots were about something, tapping into real human fears. Horror is most definitely having a revival, and The Babadook is a film at the top if the game.

Amelia is a single mother struggling to cope with her disruptive son, Sam, who is obsessed with making weapons to protect her from monsters, and is frequently in trouble at school, as well as trying to recover from the trauma of a car accident that killed her husband. When Sam finds a mysterious book named Mister Babadook in his bedroom, Amelia agrees to read it to him despite reservations about where it appeared from and its content. It’s clear that this is no ordinary picture book, and that reading it is not going to bring any good. That’s all I will say about the plot.

This film is an absolute must for horror fans. The lead performances are top notch, getting under your skin and making you feel their helpless unravelling. As the film progresses, locations become greatly reduced until we are simply restricted to their home, pulling viewers into the claustrophobia of the situation. It is a tense, slow moving film that relies on character, situation, and psychological fear. There’s very little CGI, and nearly all effects are low tech which I personally loved as it made it feel all the more real. It’s a film that makes you asks questions, and think about those aspects of human nature we don’t really like to dwell on.

I can’t remember the last time I saw such an accomplished horror film, or one that scared me so much – it had me curled up in a ball under a blanket, turning on every single light in the house, and refusing to go anywhere in the house alone. Normally I will watch a film twice before reviewing it, but I feel I will never be able to handle watching this again – for the best possible reasons. It is truly terrifying. If you like your horror fast paced and filled with shocks and gore, this may not be the film for you, but I do urge all horror fans to give it a go. If you love your horror psychological, this is truly unmissable.

The Babadook (2014) is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, Netflix, and Amazon Prime now.
Director: Jennifer Kent. Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman.
Nerissa is a writer, mummy and rather proud geek living in the countryside. In between playtime, cuddles and fun times she loves to read, knit, bake and write Young Adult and children’s fiction.

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