I've been meaning to check out The Babadook since its release, so I was super excited when I noticed it was on Netflix. I finally got around to watching it and it was a pretty decent horror film. It scared me, but it wasn't nearly as scary as what I was imagining it to be.
The Babadook is a horror film that isn't just about the monster hiding under the bed, in the closet, or lurking around in the basement. The film does start in this direction and it successfully freaked me out with an extremely disturbing children's book. That book is the worst.
The book is a pop-up book about Mister Babadook, a creepy monster who wears a top hat and intends to scare the shit out of you for days and then murder you. The Babadook may also decide to control you and have you do the murdering instead. This brought back some childhood fears I had about a monster called Claw Man and I wasn't sure if I could handle watching a movie about a monster like that.
I kept watching though because I am still a horror addict and wanted to know what was going to happen. I've been wanting a movie to scare me again and it succeeded, but not to the point where I had nightmares or felt uneasy in my apartment. I strangely like when a horror movie scares me that much. This one didn't just rely on jump scares either, there was an actual storyline to follow and some terrifying scenes. The Babadook's voice when he called the house was awful to listen to. I wouldn't be answering the phone or staying in that house if anyone called me like that.
Overall, I think the film ended up being more depressing than scary. The Babadook didn't really represent murder; it represented grief from losing someone in a terrible accident and how that grief can be hard to let go of. This happens a lot in life, so I think this film is more relatable than other horror films are. If you're looking for a horror film that is more psychological and strangely heartfelt, then I recommend checking this one out.