“The Babadook” A Mother’s Guide to Insanity

Written/Directed: Jennifer Kent

Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall, Barbara West

Holy Fuck this movie freaked me out!

Long story short: Amelia(Essie Davis) is a single mother who is at her wits end with her son, Samuel(Noah Wiseman). He sees monsters everywhere and his behavior gets worse when they discover a book called The Babadook. Samuel believes that the Babadook is real but Amelia doesn’t. So what happens with all the things in the book start to happen for real? Is she crazy or is the Babadook genuinely terrorizing her?

I’ll say it again…Holy Fuck this movie freaked me out! I love when a movie focuses more on the suspense and no visual of the big bad wolf. It really made you question whether the Babadook was real or if Amelia was having a mental breakdown. Throughout the movie you see this poor woman trying balance her miserable existence with a job she hates, a child she can’t control, a sister who a snobbish jerk, and the loss of her husband. Granted, her husband died seven years prior to this but I guess people grieve differently.

Anyway, her descent into madness is really hard to watch. I mean she gets really short with her son, she starts having hallucinations of cockroaches everywhere, the freaking book keeps popping up even after she destroys it, she crashes her car, kills her dog, etc. Shit just keeps happening to this poor woman. I couldn’t help but think that this situation kind of fits the criteria for demonic possession. There are three steps, you know. Infestation, Oppression, and Possession. But I’m rambling…..

Really in the end it felt like a mix between The Exorcist, Poltergeist, and a hint of The Conjuring! It was creepy and fun to watch!

That ending, though…I guess you’ll just have to watch so you’ll see what I mean…

I give it an A+

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