Film Review – The Babadook (2014)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

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  1. skipmars says:

    My grandchildren have been after me to watch this movie for a couple of years. “Babadook! Ooooooh!” they say, eyes wide, employing the exact same tactic I use when telling them stories. So I’ve avoided it, knowing that the thing under my bed, or down the hallway, or in the closet may just be the Babadook, waiting to grab or leap out. This review may be the straw that gets me to watch the film. But not at night. And not alone. And with the lights on. And a couch pillow at hand.

    • MovieBabble says:

      You should watch it on a nice, sunny Saturday at 2 p.m. Lol

      • skipmars says:

        The scariest movie I remember as a kid was The Day the Earth Ended. I went to the Center Theater with my two older sisters, and my grandmother, Gommy, dropped us off. It was one of those GOTCHA scenes that was employed by directors (and still is in horror films) when a face or hand or something suddenly interrupts a tense scene. The hero was carefully making his way through tangled undergrowth. It was a black and white film, and the lighting was dark, as though it was dusk. I had a big cup of Coca-Cola in one hand, and a box of popcorn in the other. Suddenly a hand reaches out! UP goes the Coke, UP goes the box of popcorn, and OUT I go of the theater, screaming all the way to the ticket booth lady, yelling at her to “Call my Gommy!” My older sisters came steaming out of the theater after me. Years later, during a red wine-induced confession session with them at the beach, they both admitted how glad they were I did what I did. Not so sure about the people sitting close-by who were showered with Coke and popcorn.

      • MovieBabble says:

        Haha! That’s hilarious! I can’t say there’s any moments like that in The Babadook, however. It’s more of a film that gets underneath you skin and is unsettling rather than completely scary.

  2. Yes, “Babadook” was a good one–perhaps the best horror movie that I’ve seen in recent memory (although “Buried” is up there, thanks to my immense fear of getting trapped in a small space). I also enjoyed the small-scale feel of it. Big Hollywood productions make me feel like I’m being ripped apart, they’re so grand. And usually they don’t have half the depth or focus of this movie.

  3. Someone once told me it looked stupid…now I’m going to watch it!

  4. Daniel says:

    Horror films do seem to be making a comeback, thanks to films like “The Babadook”. Some are awful, of course, but many are memorable (or at least notable). Recent flicks such as “It Follows”, “The Conjuring 2”, “Lights Out”, and “Don’t Breathe” come to mind. Fun if nothing else!

  5. raistlin0903 says:

    Totally agree with everything you wrote in this review. It was one of the more unsettling horror movies I have seen in years, and it really gave me some chills that ran down my spine. Nice to see a good and proper review for this small, but gem of a movie 😊

  6. Belinda O says:

    I’ve never heard of this one, and frankly, it might be a while before I watch! However, if and when I do, I will appreciate even more your thoughtful insights.

  7. I agree with most of what you said about the Babadook and am glad it got the recognition it deserved. I’ve also heard that the Babadook is a metaphor for the mother’s depression, which is similar to your analysis of a past loss coming back to haunt you. I thought the film was terrifying, but the goofy ending undercut the fear facter.

    • MovieBabble says:

      I think that goofy ending you’re referring to is actually really powerful since it shows you can’t get rid of past fears

      • The metaphor is good, but the ending makes the movie less scary. After all, maybe you can’t get rid of past fears, but the Babadook seems a lot less powerful since they’ve tamed him

      • MovieBabble says:

        True, but I think that it plays into the whole metaphor as well since you can get over your fears but they never truly go away. I tend to look at this movie now as a deep movie with that has more to say than just having creepy set pieces. I could definitely see where you’re coming from though!

  8. This film honestly made me both metaphorically and physically piss my pants! It’s certainly one of the best horrors in the last 5 years! Did you manage to catch either the Witch of Don’t Breathe from last year?

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