The Babadook (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
93 minutes /

User Score: 57/100

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The Babadook Review


A widowed 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.

The Babadook (2014) is an Australian drama thriller horror movie that fulfilled all of my expectations. Director and writer Jennifer Kent is an actress that does not have much experience in writing and directing movies. She truly did a marvelous job bringing horror fans this fun awesome movie. The movie contains sexual content that kids might not understand, violence including a woman strangling a young boy amongst other things, suspense, intense moments and frightening scenes for younger viewers. The movie also contains hilarious moments, terrifying moments to make you jitter in your pants and moments to make you teary. It was all wonderfully combined to make this drama horror movie that I will watch again and again.

The Babadook takes place in an Australian suburban neighborhood where Amelia ( Essie Davis - The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010), The Matrix Reloaded (2003)) is a widow that takes care of her son. Amelia works as a nurse in a nursing home that takes care of elderly people. Amelia’s husband Oskar (Benjamin Winspear - Breeding in Captivity (2014), Loveless (2011), Panic at Rock Island (2011)) died in a car accident while driving Amelia to the hospital while she was in labor with their son. Amelia’s son, Samuel (Noah Wiseman) 7th birthday is around the corner, and Amelia is feeling very sad. She is sad because it is the day her husband died and the same day she welcomed her baby boy into the world. Amelia is enduring a hard time raising Samuel as he is a handful unlike other boys his age. He is outlandishly rude, disobedient and very loud. To make matters worst, Samuel believes that he is being haunted by a spirit by the name of The Babadook and makes all sort of booby traps. Everyone close to Amelia is worried about her regarding her sanity and all the horrible things she started doing. Amelia takes Samuel out from school after he misbehaved once again and told the principal that she will enroll him in another school. Amelia told her workplace that Samuel was sick and stopped going to work. Amelia is now questioning herself if the Babadook is real or if she is really going insane from seeing all the scary shadows lurking around her house. Watch this incredibly intense realistic movie of a mother’s struggle and you will not be disappointed.

I gave this movie a nine because I do not fully understand the last few minutes of the movie. Overall the movie was phenomenal, and I am surely hoping this newbie writer and director bring us more excellent horror movies. The cinematography, special effects, lights, design, music, sets and everything in this movie was executed perfectly. The makeup job was also awesomely done. I adore the message that the movie portrays which is a person cannot really ever get over a loved one that they loss - it is something that he/she will have to learn how to live with. Also the movie shows the struggle a single mother can endure when her child misbehaves and she eventually loses it. I truly wish the ending was explained better so that I could have understood what happened.

About The Babadook 2014

Title: The Babadook
Year: 2014
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.8/5 stars from 109 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 109
Starring: Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Jacquy Phillips, John Maurice, Peta Shannon, Stephen Sheehan, Alicia Zorkovic, Jacqy Phillips, Ethan Grabis, Terence Crawford, Sophie Riggs, Tony Mack, Tim Purcell, Annie Batten, India Zorkovic, Noah Wiseman, Hachi, Sophie Allan, Benjamin Winspear, Lotte Crawford, Cathy Adamek, Pippa Wanganeen, Adam Morgan, Charlie Crabtree, Craig Behenna, Bridget Walters, Michael Gilmour, Craig McArdle, Hayley McElhinney
Writers: Jennifer Kent
Director: Jennifer Kent