Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Babadook is here!

The Babadook is finally playing in the U.S., so check out your local listings and see if you are getting it near you!

I just saw it, and I thought it was really cool. However, I could not find it playing ANYWHERE in Arizona! What the heck, guys! Fortunately, I searched around and found that you could rent the movie on ITunes.  So that's what I did. It looks like it is also available to stream on YouTube, Sundance Now, Google Play, XBox Video, and Sony Entertainment Network. They each will cost you $6.99. So, fine...that's less than the cost of going out to the theater, and I really wanted to see this.

And it was worth it! The movie is pretty intense. It doesn't use a lot of gore or special effects to accomplish the scares, but the sense of dread slowly builds throughout this movie, to the end.

The film focuses on a young boy named Samuel, and his mother, Amelia. He is a troubled child- he is terrified of monsters, and frequently sleeps with his mother. She is a grieving widow, who is struggling to  manage her job and her son, and her loneliness. When Samuel finds a new bedtime book for his mother to read him, it starts off a cycle of terror in their home.

The book is called Mister Babadook and it is a dark story about a family haunted by a being that you "can't get rid of." Fear of the Babadook becomes an obsession for Samuel, and it triggers a psychotic break in his mother. The situation spirals out of control for the family, until they confront their demon head on.

The ending is perhaps a bit unsatisfactory for some, but if you look at the film as more of a metaphor for mental illness- it makes a lot of sense. I personally, really liked it, but I've read that some people didn't care for it at all. I'll let you be the judge, but I still say watch it. Essie Davis and little Noah Wiseman were brilliant in this movie as the mother-son duo, and it is a horror movie that makes you think, while it scares the pants off of you.

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