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The Babadook Film Review

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Essie Davis

Amelia Vanek

Noah Wiseman

Samuel Vanek

Barbara West

Mrs Roach

Daniel Henshall



About the Film

  • Released: 2014
  • Director: Jennifer Kent
  • Producer: Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moilere
  • Running time: 94 mins
  • Genre: Horror
  • Budget: $2 million
  • Distributed By: Entertainment One/Umbrella Entertainment

About the film

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook is an Australian psychological thriller about Amelia and her 6 year old son, Sam. Amelia is a single, struggling mother. Her husband, Oskar, was killed when he was driving Amelia to the hospital when she went into labour with Sam. Since then she's been having flashbacks about the accident, and Sam is well aware of what happened to his father.

Pretty soon into the film we notice that Sam is beginning to behave erratically and has difficulty sleeping at night. He sees imaginary monsters where he has built weapons to protect himself. The problem is, the school sends him home when he takes one of these weapons in, claiming he has behavioural problems. Amelia, his mother, often reads bedtime stories to him, and one night she reads Mister Babadook to him. She soon discovers that she's not comfortable with its contents, and it's not long after that strange things start happening, noises, banging etc. Sam says he can see the monster, but she doesn't believe him.

When on one occasion she finds shards of glass in her food she puts it down to her sons behaviour. But he says it's the Babadook that's done it. With all these strange things happening, she rips the book up and puts it in the throws it on the fire, only to discover soon after that it's back in one piece on her doorstep. Why has the Badabook come to life and tormenting Amelia and Sam? Who is this badabook that Sam can see? If monsters and ghoulies really can come to life from books, what will happen?

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My Thoughts

Young Sam is probably one of the most irritating children I've seen in a movie, and I feel sorry for his on screen mother, Amelia. That is, of course, until I understand the real reason for his behaviour. He seems to be acting just like a naughty little boy, but we soon notice this is due to his monsters not being imaginary, but very, very real. Amelia soon starts to believe her son when strange goings on start happening in their home. It's quite unnerving and unsettling to watch as it happens. To think that a simple pop-up book can be so creepy and release such a tormented and horrid creature.

Babadook is actually an anagram of 'A Bad Book.' Personally, I wouldn't say the film is that scary as such. To begin with, you think that Sam is just being an annoying little kid, as his Aunt, Amelia's sister, and the school seem to think. But when you get into the film, there is a very valid reason why he acts the way he does. I feel quite sorry for Amelia. She's already worn out from work and bringing up her troubled son on her own, and then she has this 'bad book' to contend with. It is an interesting film though. I'd never heard of the film before until I saw it on TV. It's interesting though.

The Babadook Official Trailer

© 2021 Louise Powles


John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on October 16, 2021:

This sounds quite scary. I am Aussie but never heard of The Babadook. I will have a watch. Thanks for the review.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 15, 2021:

I don't typically watch scary films, so I have not seen this one. I do think you wrote an excellent, interesting review of the film, Louise. Thank you for this information.

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