The Babadook

Picture Courtesy of Cinetic Media, eOne Films International, IFC Films

Picture Courtesy of Cinetic Media, eOne Films International, IFC Films

If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of The Babadook.

The Babadook is a supernatural horror film about a mysterious pop up book called Mr. Babadook.  Amelia’s husband dies in a car accident on the way to the hospital while Amelia is in labour.  Her son, Sam, who is a few years older now is plagued by monsters.  He is terrified at night and gets very little sleep.  He has even invested weapons in order to fight these monsters.  When a mysterious pop up book appears on the shelf, the disturbing story of Mr. Babadook creeps into their already disturbed lives.  Amelia struggles with trying to get sleep herself, but it becomes days and weeks of torture.  Sam has been pulled from school due to behavioural problems and his insistence of the presence of Mr.Babadook.  Things take a turn when Amelia begins to see things and the Babadook threatens to kill her and her son.

The concept of the film is fairly simple as its based on a childrens book.  The innocence of the fact that it is a childrens pop up book lulls you into a false sense of security until you are reading and realize there is something wrong.  The Babadook seems to take the form of a man in a top hat with long spiky fingers.  It reminds me very much of a walrus in a top hat, or even an elderly Edward Scissor hands in a top hat and cap.  It also makes an odd, slightly disturbing at times, croaking noise.  Unfortunately at times it becomes more comedy than horror.

Although I wasn’t won over by the film in the end, I give them creditor for the creepy pop up book and the odd way they chose to take it.  It has a bit of a low budget feel to it that kind of throws things off.  Despite its positive oddities, the majority of you would not be interested in this movie.


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