title: The Babadook
genre: psychological drama/thriller
If it’s in a word. Or it’s in a look. You can’t get rid of … The Babadook
I am a big fan of indie films. Some of my favorite films are independent and you can find me many a weekend watching an indie film on Netflix with my latest crochet project in hand.
When my daughter and I were recently searching for something scary to watch, we found The Babadook. This is a movie about a windowed mom named Amelia who is raising her son Sam. From the get you see Amelia is very stressed and shows signs of depression and even of resentment towards her son.
Sam and Amelia live in their own little world at home and you get a sense at how fragile they are. Amelia is trying to keep it all together raising her son by herself while dealing with his acting out. Sam likes magic tricks and is always trying to get his mom’s attention by performing tricks for her, but Amelia is emotionally distant and exhausted most of the time. She is still grieving the death of her husband.
One day Sam brings home a children’s book for her to read to him at bedtime called “Mister Babadook”. Not too long after reading the book aloud, strange things begin to occur in the house. Let me tell you, I would have packed my bags and hauled it out of there in a New York minute. Alas, Amelia stays in the house, taking some time off work to care for Sam is home due to the problems he caused in school. Sam insists the Babadook is coming, but no one believes him.
Watching this one, it felt as though the Babadook came because of Amelia’s sad state. I felt like it chose her because of her grief. Poor little Sam, his whole world is his mom. He wants to save her from this monster.
I found The Babadook to be terrifying in a quiet and unsettling way. The tension and suspense build up throughout. The film is shot nicely, some of it looked like a storybook nightmare.
I recommend this one to fans of independent films and psychological thrillers that get under your skin as you watch. The ending is left up to interpretation. There is an ending but it is up to the viewer as to what they make of it and as to what the Babadook really is.
This has been part of R.I.P. XI Peril on the Screen.