(Note: this review originally ran in January during the Sundance Film Festival; we’ve republished it now as the film opens in theaters and on VOD this weekend.)
The Babadook is one of the best horror movies in years, a vigorous and hellishly intense story about a family on the edge of sanity. This isn’t a gore showcase, but a wild emotional roller coaster. (If you need a tonal touchstone, look to Polanski films such as Repulsion and The Tenant.) There is a monster of sorts, but the movie would almost be just fine without him — the actors put each other through fire and pain, and writer/director Jennifer Kent drops us right in there with them. Read More »
The Babadook is a lean and mean horror film out of Australia, and this new Babadook trailer is just perfect. The film was one of the best at Sundance this year, and remains one of my favorites of the year so far.
The story centers on Amelia, a widowed mother, and her troubled young son Samuel. The kid is spinning out of control, and his mom is at her wits’ end. A strange storybook provides a focal point for Sam’s nightmarish hallucinations, and things get intense as Sam’s visions start to connect with Amelia’s own fears.
Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman are simply terrific in the two lead roles, and writer/director Jennifer Kent has cooked up a story that is shockingly scary and built on solid characters. Take the shocks out of this movie and you’d still have a great story. With them in, The Babadook is the must-see horror film of 2014. Watch the trailer below. Read More »
One of the most popular films at Sundance this year has been the Australian horror picture The Babadook. Not necessarily in the sense that everyone here has seen it, but I haven’t spoken to anyone who didn’t like the film, and most people seem to be as big a fan of it as I was. (Read my review here.)
The Babadook follows a young widow and her son, and looks in on the pair as the boy is starting to have some serious psychological issues. Those problems are complicated by the discovery of a mysterious storybook in their house — a book which seems to threaten violence and horror for the family. Check out a trailer below. Read More »