The Babadook (2014)

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PLOT: 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.

Damn if this movie wasn’t one of the best film I’ve seen! A lot like Oculus, this film relies heavily on subtext and it is one heavy subtext! I’m glad someone actually had the courage to show that not all people who have children are a picture of happiness and calm. The mother in the story is Amelia which is played by Essie Davis with the kind of finesse and subtlety that horror movies tend to lack in general. The script is experimental and though it seems like any other monster tale, it’s really not. The script by Jennifer Kent who also directs this masterpiece is truly exceptional.

Amelia, who lost her husband in a car crash on the way to give birth to Samuel, their only child. She struggles to cope with her fate as a single mom. Samuel’s constant fear of monsters and violent reaction to overcome the fear doesn’t help her cause either, which makes her friends become distant. When things can not get any worse, they read a strange book in their house about the ‘Babadook’ monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. Even Amelia seems to feel the effect of Babadook and desperately tries in vain to destroy the book. The nightmarish experiences the two encounter form the rest of the story.

So while I am going to highly recommend this one, I should probably let you know that this is no light viewing. If you are one of those viewers who don’t like to read the hidden puzzles or subtext, and don’t like things with a deeper meaning even if it is dark, then you should probably skip this one. But if you are someone who appreciates a story in its entirety and not just for the special effects and gore then you will like this one. I loved the fact that the movie was completely original, and it is frightening without a doubt but not because of some monster in the closet but because it shows the kind of impact ‘monsters’ can have on us when we’re forced to live with them. Poignant and prolific and beautiful for it’s raw power.

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