The Babadook (2014)


Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney

Plot: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her (

Rating: 1/10

Overall: I had some high hopes for this film, and needless to say, I hated it. There was this awkward incest-vibe going on between the mother and the son, which made the film a bit disturbing from the get-go. The actual Babadook character wasn’t all that scary, but rather strange and confusing. If anything, this film was “eerie,” and overall a flop.


2 thoughts on “The Babadook (2014)

  1. Toward the end of the movie I began to think that the Babadook was not really a “monster”, but symbolic of something else. I know it has also been applauded for its artistic aspects – cinematography, etc. If it hadn’t been categorized as a horror film, would you have rated it differently?

    • Yeah, I understand that, and to some extent can give kudos to the creative ambition of that. But altogether, I don’t think it was executed well. I think there are a lot of vague segments of the film that could have definitely been delved into deeper and expanded to make it the dark, psychological thriller type of film it could have been. And no, I wouldn’t have rated it differently had it not been categorized as a horror film.

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