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Director : Jennifer Kent
Year Of Release : 2014
Principal Cast : Essie Davis, Noah Wieseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Benjamin Winspear, Cathy Adamek, Craig Behenna, Adam Morgan.
Approx Running Time : 94 Minutes
Synopsis: A mother and her young son are haunted by an evil, malevolent entity known as “the Babadook”.
What we think : Ahhh, parenting. It’s not for the faint of heart – anyone who’s ever accidentally read their kid a scary book, or let them watch a scary movie, and had to deal with the trauma of getting said child to sleep again, will attest to The Babadook’s eerie notion of unhinged regret. Set against a gloomy backdrop of depression and sorrow, and filled with as much shadow, lurking and creaking floorboards as possible, The Babadook’s terrifying simplicity and charming innocence (drawn from Noah Wieseman’s sweet performance) draw more chills and thrills than many films of similar disposition.
Don’t be scared – be terrified – of the Babadook.
Good quality horror films are as rare as rocking horse poo these days. Nobody makes good ones, although there’s no lack of trying on behalf of Hollywood’s constant pee-stream of output in this genre. Perhaps the last really good scare-fest (that I saw at least) was The Conjuring, which bucked post-millennial tradition and avoided gore and carnage in favor of genuine characters, suspense, and some really creepy menace. Points could also go to Mama, which also did well in build-up (even if the end result fell horribly flat in the denouement) and also the more cerebral Stoker, which had zero gore and went entirely the Hitchcock route instead. And if you thought any of those films were scary, allow me to introduce you to the new reigning ruler of scare-flicks, The Babadook, an Aussie-made production that, like those I’ve mentioned previously, flat-out terrifies without the use of torture-porn or gratuity – rather, it instills associative chills through character development and audience empathy for the scenario. I’m giving the game away early: The Babadook is superb.