A review and analyse of The Babadook, a film written and directed by Jeniffer Kent. First off, this film was no horror film we see nowadays with jump scares galore and then oh look it's just my friend because this movie knew it had to be scary and it did it's job. This film was the most amazing, clever and horrifying thing I have seen in a while as fear and suspense were raging in my heart while I sat down to watch this. The story was based around a son and his mother's relationship (played by Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman) and how they gradually become fearful of each other but at the same time the fear seemed to be bringing them closer together. The son called Samuel is showed to be quite terrified of monsters that could potentially be hiding in his room and the only thing to take his mind off of it is a calming bedtime story. As the movie gets about 15 minutes through we realize that Samuel is a nightmare child and is extremely difficult to control but this is mainly to do with the death of his father who he never got to meet. Samuel being terrified of the monsters is always bothering his mum in her sleep making her more snappy and tired, which gives the story more intensity. Amelia (Essie Davis) tries to calm down Samuel with one of his soothing books until halfway through the book where she realizes that the characters are being terrorized, abused and that they look a lot like her and Samuel. This book sends the film into it's deepest and most terrifying sequences like the phone call, the new pages in the book, the nightmare sequence etc. Amelia decides to throw the book away in shreds to avoid anymore scares but it comes back on her door step with three loud knocks. Looking inside we get too see some foreshadowing of some horrifying moments to come like death, abuse etc. After this scene takes place we then knew that this creature was going to somehow try and ruin Amelia and Samuel's lives.
After learning this the film dives even deeper. We then see a sequence of Amelia hearing footsteps outside, without any cliche of her shouting "hello?" she hides. Then she discards the footsteps for her imagination and reveals herself to something crawling around on the ceiling. The creature then seems to dive into her opened (surprised) mouth. There is also a scene of a DVD sequence showing the Babadook appearing from a "magic book" and people dancing around him while he rises from the floor etc. all very creepy but all very interesting. Yes, in my opinion all of these scenes do mean something and I will explain my thoughts at the end.
As we progress towards the end we can see Amelia being taken over by the Babadook and it seems to infest her mind as she keeps seeing glimpses of him in other houses, his costume in a police station etc. Her movements also become quite scatty and frigid as if she was some sort of insect. By the end we see that The Babadook has completely brainwashed and infected Amelia to try and kill her boy Samuel. The Babadook takes the form of her dead husband regularly which is very important to what I am about to tell you. In the end of Act 3 Amelia frightens and overcomes the Babadook away into their basement. After a while we think that the Babadook had left their house in fear. Amelia and Samuel are picking worms and in my mind I thought it was just for fun but then we get too see that the basement door has many locks on it and that they are keeping the Babadook as a type of pet, feeding and caring for it. Now I will get on to my opinions of the symbolism etc. First of all the Babadook represents Amelia's depression and how it can turn somebody from a caring mother to an angry person (without wanting to be of course). The first scene I talked about where they pick out a book showed the start of her depression and that it will keep coming back if you don't try to tell somebody. A scene I have not talked about is in a police station where she tries to tell them about the monster but they pretty much laugh in her face, perhaps this was their way of showing how people disregard depression as something that people use as an excuse for attention perhaps but obviously is an important issue that must be dealt with. When Amelia opens the book (when it had been returned on her doorstep) and the fact that it had her killing herself, Samuel and their family dog shows that depression will taunt your mind and bring bad thoughts to your head. When the Babadook dives into Amelia's mouth, in my opinion, this is the most intricate part as it shows how her depression didn't just infect her mind but also got into her body and infected that also. When she sees the DVD sequence of the Babadook appearing from things, surrounded by others it showed me that they were trying to say that depression can happen to anybody but it can also appear at the least expected of times.
I hope this review and analyse didn't bore you too much but I just really wanted to get my points across and my ideas on what I thought they were trying to say. All in all forgetting about the deeper side of the Babadook it was entertaining, terrifying, clever, strange, humorous all at the same time and shows that other horror movies shouldn't be the ones remembered and ones like these should get all the praise! The only thing that got half a point deducted was that Samuel could be a little annoying at times but it wasn't so often so didn't make a huge impact on the story etc. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed :)