In keeping with a Halloween theme last week, I saw this:
Directed by Jennifer Kent, the Babadook truly terrified me .
Incidentally, Jennifer Kent also directed ‘Babe – Pig in the City’. I don’t know what happened to Jennifer between the 90’s and 2014 but this is very different material.
The story unfolds with a mother, Amelia, battling with her six year old son Samuel and the creature he sees at night. One evening Amelia tries to put Samuel to sleep by reading him a book she finds in his bedroom, one she has never seen in his room before .
The full story goes like this:
”If it’s in a word, or if it’s in a book
you can’t get rid of the Babadook.
He wears a hat
he’s tall and black
but that’s how they describe him in his book.
A rumbling sound, than three sharp knocks
you better run, or he’ll hold you in his locks.
Your closet opens
and your honestly hopin’
that he won’t hear a sound
but that’s when you know that he’s around.
The book close
you have an itch under your nose
and that’s just how the story goes.
So close your eyes and count to ten
better hope you don’t wake up again.
‘Cause if it’s in a word, or if it’s in a book
you can’t get rid of the Babadook
…. you’ll see him if you look”
Reading this , there is no hope that any child hearing it will not have a psychological issue or two , or three. And this is meant to put me to sleep!?
As Amelia finishes the book, the events following start to become more and more sinister until it is clear the Babadook is more than a children’s book which nobody has ever heard of.
Basically, the Babadook is real and now I can’t look at dark corners of a room for too long.
Aside from the story, the directing and visuals are fantastic. You never quite see the monster itself and clever use of lighting and sound effects allows your imagination to fill in the gaps. I have also heard the film was done on a $30,000 budget which, if it’s true, is impressive.
5 stars from me . See it if you dare !