If it's in a word, or it's in a look, you can't get rid of The Babadook.
Aussie horror starring Essie Davis (Matrix Revolutions) as a widowed mother trying to take care of her out of control six-year-old son, who becomes increasingly agitated with the belief that a pop-up book monster called The Babadook will kill them both. Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, making her feature debut based on her 2005 short film Monster.... More
"'Do you want to die?', seven-year-old Samuel (Noah Wiseman) asks his stressed-out single mother, Amelia (Davis). She wonders if his question is a threat or a warning. After dealing with Samuel’s frantic tantrums his entire life, Amelia suspects that her son has begun directing his violent misbehavior toward her. However, after a dark and foreboding children’s book called Mister Babadook mysteriously appears on Samuel’s bookshelf, Amelia must decide if her son is truly deranged, or if there really is a bogeyman lurking in their darkened halls at night... Builds up tension and dread in this damaged family’s home before introducing the terrifying possibility that something even more ominous may be stalking the dysfunctional pair." (Toronto International Film Festival)Hide
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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
Rightly picking up plaudits across the globe, Jennifer Kent’s debut is an assured chiller that successfully piles on the dread, thanks to great casting and the creepy-as-all-hell character of the title. Mining its confined setting for maximum psychological unravelling and positioning star Essie Davis’ grieving torment front and centre, The Babadook would be a worthwhile endeavour even without the apparition responsible for its scares. But with the storybook logic propelling it, this creature’s repetitive and escalating groaning, and its shifting, constantly unsettling, physical presence, the Babadook itself taps into some welcomely vulnerable part of the psyche.
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BY OscarSM superstar
This cinema at it's finest. It is incredibly clever and never ceases to frighten. Much of the film utilises the element of suspense; a key part of any good horror. The audience are kept on their toes at all times. It is a strangely beautiful film that never stops impressing. Sometimes you wonder whether it's screwing more with you or the protagonist.
A clever piece of masterful cinema that definitely earns a recommendation from me.
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