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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Babadook (2014) - Jennifer Kent


The best horror movie of 2014 is definitely Jennifer Kent's The Babadook. This movie is beyond creepy and crawly. It does such a great job of getting under your skin. It has a fantastically deep concept that is pulled off in a really well way. It is wonderfully acted and exceptionally written. I know it sounds like I am praising it a lot. But this is really a fantastic film in the genre. 

This movie has layers. It's a depressing tale about a broken, widowed single mother that is raising the worst child in the world. Her life is horrible and her time is completely taken up by this hellion. A mysterious children's book shows up one day and begins to terrorize their little family. This book warns about the coming of a figure known as Mister Babadook. 

A supernatural and psychological terror begins to unfold as we watch this mother deal with a possession. Deal with fighting this unknown antagonist and simultaneously taking care of her child. It shows the her deteriorated mental state as she falls deeper into her possession and we are shown this neglect. This doesn't just start to become scary because of this Mister Babadook character. You start to worry for the mother. Root for the mother. It's really quite a fantastic ride. 

Jennifer Kent has done a magnificent job here. It's really promising since this is her debut film. Essie Davis' performance was amazing. Award worthy even. Everything from top to bottom is great. It really can't get much better. Of course I recommend this one. It isn't a movie that you are going to forget. If you liked the Grudge... this is much better. 

Director: Jennifer Kent
Country: Australia

Did ya know...
Jennifer Kent and Essie Davis were mates in drama school. William Friedkin, the director of 'The Exorcist', said "I've never seen a more terrifying film than 'The Babadook'".

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