Eye For Film >> Movies >> The Babadook (2014) Film Review
Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray
Children are scared of the night. Why? It's only the day with its eyes shut.
"There's nothing under the bed," Mama says."Monsters are dream creatures that cannot breathe in the wake up world."
The Babadook knows that's not true.
"The Babadook is a story," Mama says. "It's a pop up book. It's fun!"
Genre movies can reach a point where everything has been done before. There are no surprises. Only excesses.
Jennifer Kent's film bucks the trend and creates something original, even frightening.
Amelia (Essie Davis) is a single mother. Her husband was killed in a car crash on the day she gave birth to Sam (Noah Wiseman) six years ago. He is a difficult child, behaving at times like the Devil's spawn, and Amelia has to drug him with tranquilisers to calm him down.
Sam blames The Babadook, a black-cloaked terror figure from the book.
His obsession becomes her possession and the presence of this dark spirit alters their perception, invoking a barrier of fear.
The performances, especially the extraordinary Noah Wiseman, are pin prick perfect. Kent has the confidence to ignore horror cliches and find a more expressive way to freeze your blood.Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2014