The Babadook

A simple story about a boy and his mother plus a book fable come to life. That is the face of The Babadook, a film that was takes much inspiration from older horror films, especially Ploanski’s classics. One notable aspect of this film is that it is an Australian psychological horror film. This is rare, for there are not that many horror films coming out from Australia. Also, this film was partly funded through kickstarter.  From the web page, “The story was adapted from writer/director, Jennifer Kent. Her inspiration was derived from early silent films, Nosferatu, which were greatly influenced by German Expressionism; this movement was about bringing the inside out. This such that the emotions of a character were brought out and placed into their surroundings. With the help lighting, camera, and design.” The film was adapted from one of Kent earlier works.

As I watched the film my first thoughts when the Babadook appeared were that the kid had imagined him up after seeing the book so was the real culprit. After his mother started seeing and feeling the presence then it was a whole other story. I wondered if it was some kind of spirit or demonic creature. Also, why had the book suddenly appeared before them. Could the death of the father have played some part in it. Finally, in the end I wasn’t really sure of what to think about the Babadook. My guess pointed to it being an amalgamation of their denial and grieving pain. It was definitely one of the stranger endings to a horror film that I’ve seen. Overall I really enjoyed watching this film. It was a pleasant story to watch unfold.