According to IMDb, the movie is an Australian psychological horror movie that revolves around 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.
It’s been a long time since I watched a disturbing movie and I didn’t regret seeing this flick. The film really has a good plot that it delves into the pain and depression of the characters and how these emotions helped feed the entity’s influence and control. The movie is really gritty, chilling, disturbing and engaging enough to make you feel creeped out until the end. The director really did an awesome work in telling the story about coping with tragedy and how they deal with it, and how she made the characters stand out on each scenes. The sound editing and design also helped give the tone of eeriness, though minimal but it is effective. Also, the cinematography really defines the genre with its spookiness and I really felt the depression in its atmosphere and thus became really haunting. I think the movie is a metaphorical statement about your depression state and how it will slowly eats you when it gets inside you to the point that you don’t have control over yourself and it is only you who can get it out your system.
The lead cast really did a great job. Essie really shines with this flick. I really felt her stress, depression, grief and struggle as someone who lost a husband and because of her circumstance, she has a hard time moving on and affected Samuel’s behavior in the process. Essie deserves to have more good and juicy roles in the future as her take to the character is really believable and credible. Noah, on the other hand, really is a promising actor. His portrayal of Samuel is really effective and convincing especially him showing his own issues of growing up without a father. He is annoying at times with his character but I sympathized with him throughout the film.
Although the ending is kind of weird and open-ended but I still think Babadook is a good, well made thriller and not a horror movie. I will give a 4 out of 5 stars and recommend you watch this… alone… in the dark.
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