Friday, February 26, 2021

The Babadook Movie Review

Trailer here.

The Babadook is a 2014 horror movie directed by Jennifer Kent and starring Essie Davis and Hayley McElhinney.

The film begins with a child called Sammy who lives with his mother Amelia(Davis). Sammy is having some problems. He has bad dreams and behavioural problems. The school aren't happy with him. Amelia's husband, Oskar died in a car crash on the way to hospital while she was in labour.  A book turns up in the house. It is called Mister Babdook and it is about a creature who is creepy and evil. Sammy is spooked by it and Amelia hides it. Amelia has a co worker called Robbie who is nice to her and he calls around to see her. Sammy's behaviour is getting worse. Amelia finds a picture of her and Oskar defaced. Sammy tells her that it is the Babadook doing things. Amelia destroys the book and throws it out. 

She hears noises during the night. Sammy is scaring the other kids at school. Amelia is at her wits end and she takes him to the doctor. The doctor gives her sedatives to give to Sammy. Next day, the book appears at the door. She receives a phone call from the creature. She goes to the police about it. They don't believe what she is saying. There are cockroaches coming from a hole in the wall at home. Community services come to see what is going on in the house. They talk to Sammy. Amelia sees the Babadook in her neighbours house. She sees it in her house at night time. She shouts at her son as she is getting very worried about what is going on.

Amelia seems to be changing. She is cross with her son and she has a vision of him dead. She has visions of her husband and the Babadook. She goes crazy and Sammy is afraid of her. She tries to kill him but she doesn't and she vomits up something. The Babadook emerges from her. It takes Samuel. The house starts to shake. Amelia asks it what it wants. She sees her husband. She shouts at the Babadook and she says that she will kill it if it touches her son. It seems to collapse and flies off into the basement. She locks it in there. Things are back to normal at the end of the film as she goes down to the basement with a bowl of soil and worms. The creature is down there and she tells it that it's okay. The creature takes the bowl as Amelia goes to her son to celebrate his birthday. They are all happy again.

This film was bad. I didn't like it. It felt like more of a drama than a horror movie. It didn't interest me really but I did keep watching until the end. I didn't like the story and the kid was beyond annoying to me. I didn't find it scary or creepy at all. I found it dull and boring. The ending was silly and there wasn't anything great about it. I had read reviews of this and I expected something amazing. I don't know what those people saw, but I didn't see it at all. Avoid. I give it a 2/10.


Tony Briley said...

I haven't seen this and with a 2/10 will avoid it at all cost. It must be a total flop, in all the years I've been following your blog I rarely see a score this low.

Amanda said...

Yes, I disliked it. I gave it a chance, but there was very little to enjoy here. I just found it depressing and not scary. Best to avoid it!

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