Director: Jennifer Kent
Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall
Amelia lost her husband in a car crash while he was driving her to the hospital to deliver their first child. Years later, she is raising their son, Samuel, by herself. Her son has a deep fear of monsters, and this fear effects him in school and at home. He believes that he is protecting his mother and the house from monsters. He has created weapons to fight the monsters off. Because of her son's violent outbursts, Amelia's friends have started to stay away from her and her son. This leaves her even more isolated with her own problems to deal with alone. Samuel finds a book on one of his shelves titled Mister Babadook. Amelia reads the book to him before bed. The book stars becoming more sinister and frightening to them both. The Babadook is real and comes to their house. She has to find a way to protect them from Mister Babadook.
Most of the horror movies that have been coming out in the United States are horrible, so leave it to Australia to know out a more original story. I was so surprised by how good this movie was. I saw the trailer, and I was not expecting much at all. It looked like all of the other crap that has been put out there. The money for the movie was raised by using Kickstarter. The budget was only barely over $30k for a whole movie. It was a hundred times better than the crap that costs millions to make. Budget means nothing.
The movie was well made for how little it cost to make. The only problem that I had with the movie the little boy. He was terrible, but I just hope he was suppose to get on your last nerve. If that was part of his character, then he did a bang up job. I wanted to throw that kid out the window. A kid that acted like that all the time would drive you to drug abuse, if nothing else. The one added feature that would have been great to see is if there were more scenes of Mister Babadook. I do not mean as a person in a costume, but a giant paper/cardboard cutout like it is in the book. I just think that would have been really cool to see throughout the movie.
This movie is one to see. It really had a creepy feel to it. The later part of the movie went a bit downhill for me, but up till then it was a good movie. Enjoy.
The Babadook (2014) Trailer