The Babadook is a 2014 Canadian-Australian film about a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband and her son’s fear that something is haunting them. She soon discovers that her son is telling the truth about the monster that has entered their house through the page of a children’s book.
Jennifer Kent’s Babadook has received universal critical acclaim and was the official selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. The movie makes the audience get involved in the story and with Amelia as the protagonist, produces a highly unsettling effect as it progresses. Starting from showing the quiet and boring life of a single mother, played by Essie Davis, using expertly directed scenes- for example the one where Amelia is working in a nursing home and reading dull jokes while her patients play bingo and have fun, to the point where the she sees the Babadook; the film will create an impression that will be hard to forget.
The one thing that stands apart in the movie is Amelia’s loneliness, which Davis portrays perfectly. The film is a story about how the stuff of nightmares comes true when the characters read it out loud, unknowingly.
The Babadook is unlike many of the horror films and will make you gasp and wonder, all while you are at the edge of your seat. Overall, this movie is about motherhood and we see it through Amelia’s eyes even as she does horrible things to her son. Her pain is too real to be ignored, and the horror makes it definitely worth the watch.