Let’s get a little information out of the way first.
Release Date: November 28, 2014
Director and Writer: Jennifer Kent
Main Stars: Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman
Production Company: Causeway films and Smoking Gun Productions
Length: 93 Minutes
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
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.
Amelia was in a tragic accident while on the way to the hospital to give birth to her son, Samuel. The wreck caused the death of her husband, leaving her alone with their child. Now, Sam is a trouble child who is always making things difficult on Amelia. It’s so bad that her own sister doesn’t even want to be around Sam. Leaving Amelia even more alone.
Sam also has a fear of monsters, and it’s not until Amelia reads a childrens story to Sam that she starts to realize, that maybe the monsters are real after all. Or at least one, the Babadook.
I went into this movie the way I go into all horror movies now days, ready to be disappointed and not expecting much out of it. I took the advice of a blogger friend TheRobotDrummer and decided to check it out. Again, a little leery because the movies that most people like and find scary, I end up laughing at and questioning why I watched it in the first place.
To my surprise I very much enjoyed this movie. The whole thing was fantastically put together. The whole movie had a dark look to it, everything was washed out. It was the perfect mix of dark and light to give it a good scary movie feel without having to cut out all the lights so you could see what was going on.
There were a few jump scares that I enjoyed and while I didn’t have trouble sleeping that night, I did have a moment of panic while I was watching the movie. The hair on the back of my neck, though only a second, did raise.
If you plan to watch the movie, avoid this next section. I can’t help it, I just have to talk about it. But when you watch it, come back and let me know what you thought.
There is one part in the movie where I was certain that the mother had just gone crazy. She is super stressed, as she is the only one providing for this small family. She has no time to date because she is too busy working and taking care of her son. She is lonely, and her son can be a handful.
About mid way through the movie I was wondering if maybe there was no monster at all, but the mother had flipped her lid and was harming her son without actually realizing it.
There is one part where the mother goes to the police station to tell them about the book and that there may be someone stalking her. Her hands are covered in black, which I first thought was the soot from where she burned the book. I then remembered earlier on in the movie her sister had said something about Amelia had been a writer. It made me think that the black on her hands was ink and she was the one who had written the book to scare her son.
Okay, safe to read again.
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. It kept me on edge. It really messes with your head too. I would totally watch this movie again and would add it to the shelf of favorite horror movies.