This Terrifying Scene in ‘The Babadook’ Marks the Nightmarish Storybook Character Taking Control of the Narrative
(Welcome to Scariest Scene Ever, a column dedicated to the most pulse-pounding moments in horror. In this edition: A terrifying pop-up storybook character left the pages and skittered into reality to create a waking nightmare in The Babadook.)
Jennifer Kent’s feature debut delivered an incredible new monster in The Babadook. The nightmarish character from a pop-up storybook terrorized a single mom and her son, relying on psychological terror to break down their guards until it could take control. While Kent employed familiar horror language and tactics to create an unsettling atmosphere, what left critics raving was how the filmmaker used her monster as a metaphor for deep-seated grief and depression. The Babadook may have gone on to become a gay icon, but the character began as a chilling embodiment of repressed emotions that ate away at someone from the inside.
The film’s critical scene that sees that dam of repressed emotions shatter also happens to be the most petrifying. Kent delivers an onslaught of fear to drive home when a struggling woman loses her grip and lets grief take over. The Babadook skitters out of the pages of a book and into reality, creating a waking nightmare for those around her.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, find out what happens when the guys from Queer Eye give LGBTQ horror icon The Babadook a little makeover. Plus, hear what Toy Story 4 filmmakers have to say about some fan theories and questions that have circulated online about the Pixar franchise, and listen as Cilian Murphy breaks down some of his most memorable roles, including Batman Begins, Inception and more. Read More »
San Diego Comic-Con is nearly upon us, and Mondo is bringing another impressive collection of prints to the convention that will pay tribute to some of your favorite movies. We’re pleased to debut some of the Marvel prints that will be debuting at the convention. They include a couple pieces for Ant-Man and the Wasp, one honoring the Golden Age of Marvel Comics, and a sketch-style print of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s mostly deadly villain. Check out our exclusive Mondo SDCC prints below. Read More »
In Jennifer Kent‘s 2014 movie The Babadook, one of the best-reviewed horror films of recent years, there’s a pop-up book about the title character, a monster who terrorizes people once they become aware of his existence. In real life, copies of that book were sold in a limited first edition, but now those who missed their opportunity to own one are getting a second chance.
Causeway Films is putting together a second edition of The Babadook pop-up book, which will only be available for the next two months. Read on to find out how you can get your hands on one – if you dare.
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It’s Halloween season, which means one thing: eating candy corn until you throw up. Once you’re done with that, though, it’s time to watch horror movies. But have you ever wondered what horror movies other people in your area are watching? And what about places all over the U.S.? What the heck are they watching in Michigan, for instance? Using data compiled from Rotten Tomatoes and other sources, we now know which horror movie each individual state is obsessed with.
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Fall is upon us! The weather is getting a little more chilly, and there’s no better time to curl up with some movies at home. But there’s a batch of movies leaving Netflix that you might want to prioritize before they leave the streaming service next month. It’s a shorter list overall, but there is still some great stuff leaving next month.
So let’s get down to the best TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in October. Read More »
Focus, simplicity and control. As I look back over the films of 2014, the ones that most stay with me are not the sprawling epics or the movies that tried to cram a surplus of ideas or technique into one story. (Sorry, Birdman and Interstellar.) They’re the movies, not even necessarily the “small” ones, that exhibit something specific in filmmaking technique, or unusually refined in their approach to story. 2014 was packed with movies I loved, and this list could easily be three times as long as it is. Below, you’ll find the ten films that have stuck with me most intensely, along with a page of extra picks that all offer something special, too. Read More »
David, Devindra, and Jeff count down their top 10 films of 2014. Thanks for a great year, everyone! We’ll see you in 2015.
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Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
In box office terms, 2014 wasn’t a huge year for film. But in creative terms, it’s hard to fault this year’s crop. It contained at least one once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece, not to mention one of the greatest horror movies in years, several big-budget franchise-builders that soared way past expectations, and some completely out-of-nowhere gems.
As the year winds to a close, I’ve taken a moment to look back at some highlights. As usual, this shouldn’t be considered an objective list of the year’s best film, but an entirely subjective list of favorites. Run down my top 10 films of 2014 with me after the jump.
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So we’ve looked at the best and worst movies of the year as rated by the largest sampling of moviegoers available publicly (IMDB). And as you know, the public opinion sometimes differs from that of professional film critics. As it should, film critics often see hundreds of new movies a year (a larger sampling of content) and have thus have a more discerning taste. So after the jump we will take a look at the best reviewed movies of 2014.
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