The Babadook 2014
Title: The Babadook
Release year: 2014
Country: Australia, Canada
Genre: Horror, Mystery

A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children’s book titled “Mister Babadook” manifests in their home.

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Rated 4 out of 5
2023-05-02

“The Babadook” is a psychological horror film directed by Jennifer Kent and released in 2014. The film follows a single mother, Amelia, and her young son, Samuel, who become haunted by a monster called the Babadook after reading a disturbing storybook. The movie received critical acclaim and is widely regarded as one of the best horror films in recent years.

The film’s success is largely due to its masterful use of atmosphere and tension. From the very beginning, the audience is made to feel uneasy as the camera lingers on seemingly innocuous objects, such as a child’s toy or a darkened hallway. The movie also benefits from strong performances, particularly from Essie Davis as Amelia, who delivers a nuanced and emotionally charged portrayal of a struggling mother.

One of the most interesting aspects of the film is the way in which it explores themes of grief and mental illness. Amelia is still struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband, and this trauma is compounded by her difficult relationship with her son. Samuel is a troubled child who has been expelled from school and is prone to violent outbursts. As the Babadook begins to take hold of their lives, it becomes increasingly unclear whether the monster is a supernatural entity or a manifestation of Amelia’s psychological turmoil.

Overall, “The Babadook” is a smart, well-crafted horror film that offers more than just jump scares and gore. It’s a deeply unsettling examination of grief and mental illness, with a strong central performance and a haunting atmosphere. Highly recommended for fans of the genre.

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Director: Jennifer Kent
Actor: Adam Morgan,Alicia Zorkovic,Annie Batten,Barbara West,Ben Winspear,Bridget Walters,Carmel Johnson,Cathy Adamek,Charlie Crabtree,Chloe Hurn,Chris Roberts,Craig Behenna,Craig McArdle,Cullen Gorman,Daniel Henshall,Essie Davis,Ethan Grabis,Hachi,Hayley McElhinney,India Zorkovic,Isla Zorkovic,Jacob Francis Worrall,Jacquy Phillips,John Maurice,Lotte Crawford,Lucy Hong,Michael Gilmour,Michelle Nightingale,Noah Wiseman,Peta Shannon,Pippa Wanganeen,Sophie Allan,Sophie Riggs,Stephen Sheehan,Terence Crawford,Tiffany Lyndall-Knight,Tim Purcell,Tony Mack