Directed by Jennifer Kent and starring Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall and Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, following is the short synopsis (source : imdb.com) :
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.
The Babadook is perhaps the most effective child birth control method ever devised. If any of your friends has an intention to have children, bring them to see this movie and I can assure you their next destination is to buy condom.
Jokes aside, The Babadook is an effective horror/ thriller. The extremely modest budget of A$2.5 millions brought across one of the best films on whether was the horror real or just an imagination.
Amelia suffered from the tragic death of her husband on the same day of her giving birth to Samuel. As a working single mother, she had to toggle between work and taking care of boy that's forever paranoid of monsters lurking in his bedroom. One night, she discovered a book named The Babadook, and set off a motion of weird sightings and strange noises in the house. Was it paranormal activities or has Amelia simply snap from the pressures of life?
The performances by the leads especially the mother and son were the highlight of this movie. You can felt the hopelessness of Amelia as she tried to cope with a boy that really had little redemption value. Unlike Hollywood productions that prompt to draw sympathy on the young children, the boy Samuel falls under the notion of a kid only the mother will love.
Being a film that would want the audiences to judge whether was the horror did have its weakness, the scare factors were less and far between while the pace focused more on the mental breakdown of Amelia.
The conclusion was one of the best of such a genre, further letting the audiences decide was the demon an supernatural one or an inner one.
4 out of 5 stars
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