I’ve enjoyed horror films for the most part since I was twelve. The first movie I saw in a theater was Wes Craven’s New Nightmare and at the time it scared me a bit. I kept running out of the theater before a scary part would occur before I finally realized it was never that scary. However, my significant other isn’t a fan of horror so I rarely get to indulge in the thrill ride that is a well-made horror film. For the past year I’ve heard talk of how creepy and scary The Babadook, which I watched on Netflix with stereo headphones, is so I finally decided to watch it. The movie has a 6.9 out of 10 stars on IMDB and 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Babadook stars Essie Davis playing Amelia and her son Samuel, played by Noah Wiseman, who is suffering from fear of monsters. There is no father as he died in a tragic car accident on the day of Samuel’s birth, a fact that Amelia has never quite dealt with. Everything takes a turn for the worse when Samuel picks a mysterious book off his shelf called The Babadook. Amelia doesn’t make it all the way through the book before she realizes something is very off and fears that it will make her son’s irrational fears worse.
I don’t want to give anything away from this point, but I’m not done discussing the film. I’ll say that the movie does a great job building the atmosphere of fear using lighting and music to really establish the mood. I give this film 6 baba’s out of 10 Dook Dook Dooks!
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The reason why I’m only giving this film a 6 is primarily the ending. I don’t understand exactly what happened. The scream she released scared the Babadook? Then it ran into the basement? Now it is her pet? I almost would have preferred that everything was in her head and she ended up in an insane asylum than the way it actually ended.
I found the film to be a great journey. Their were times where I was legitimately freaked out. The phone call where the creature croaks out “Ba..ba…Dook…dook…dook!” gave me goose bumps. Her possession scene was intense and I had to look away when she took the dog into her hands. Davis was great, but Wiseman got on my nerves. I’m not a fan of obnoxious child performances. It’s hard to tell if it was the character or the actor that was getting on my nerves. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the film for the most part, but walked away more perturbed than not.