Updated: Jul 5, 2018
"If it's in a word. Or it's in a look. You can't get rid of ... The Babadook" - The Babadook Tagline
What on earth is a Babadook?! But, as my friends said after telling me to watch it, whatever "it" is, got me BABA-SHOOK!
It tells the story of Amelia(Essie Davis), a recent widow and now single mother, struggle to cope with her husbands death and her evil little son’s, Samuel,(Noah Wiseman) fear of monsters. Only to find out that her son is telling the truth, for once, about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children's book.
Before I continue, hold up one quick second. Samuel, the son, let’s us pray for that child. If poor Amelia wasn’t already so stressed out, she had to put up with that little brat. I don’t care if boy is acting out his emotions, she just needed to snatch him up one real time at the start of the movie. I would've handed him over to the Babadook without hesitation.
But, for real though, what is it? What Casper, sometimes friendly-sometimes deadly, ghost(?) do they have up in their house?
Was the Babadook real? Was the mama crazy? Because I wouldn’t be surprised if this were all one big mental breakdown or metaphor for it. Was it a monster? Is it possibly the father? What is it?
In the end, it really doesn’t matter what it is, because either way it had me sufficiently creeped out. It wasn’t even jump-scare scary(which i appreciate) but rather based its fear on sheer creepiness of how it operates in the background and the corner of the eyes. Like you think that thing is just a coat rack, then you realize it’s growing arms out of focus. It was boogeyman.
So here’s my question, what is a boogeyman and if that is what the "Babadook" is does it operate the same? From what i know of the boogeyman lore already, it’s supposed to be the mental manifestation of fear. All in your head type of deal. So what exactly was it a manifestation of? And that is where I struggle with this movie. I can’t tell the real from the fake. But, I know one thing that mother killed that dog. That was real!
This is one of those movie you have to pay attention to and do a whole lot of research on afterwards and hope it clicks. It creates a tension that never goes away, that makes you even look over your shoulder while watching it. It was a excellency written, directed, and acted. And, the makeup on the face of Mr. Babadook definitely was of nightmares.
I honestly don’t know what else to say about this movie at this moment, besides "good" and "creepy". I'm still creeped out, and it's been some hours now! But, I don’t know what the "Babadook" is, and I'm just hung up on it. I can’t stop thinking about it. Maybe the lore is more real than let on? Once you read the name, The Baba-dook(dook! dook! dook!), is it true that you can’t get rid of it?
It was good(that I can say for sure.) It was a fun time, even though I watched it alone at 1 am.
When I figure it all out all the answers to my questions, I'll let you know.
FLOOR OR DOOR?
Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?
Golden Door. Without out a shadow of a doubt. As I think on certain parts and get more information on it, it slowly reveals itself as an excellent piece of work.
So, I'm running out of the door not only to see it again but to save myself from The Baba-dook(dook! dook! dook!)