Amelia (Davis) is struggling to deal with the death of her husband Oskar (Winspear) almost 7 years ago. To add to her struggle, Oskar was killed while driving Amelia to the hospital to give birth to their son Samuel (Wiseman). This has evolved into a very difficult relationship between mother and son.
Amelia is constantly depressed and over-wrought and although she clearly loves Samuel, she is distant with him. He feels this and in return is a needy, highly strung child with a vivid imagination.
There is a creepy vibe, a dark cloud that hangs over this house. They have become rather isolated from friends and family and any interactions with others are awkward and stilted, to say the least.
One day, Samuel finds a book, Mister Babadook. And so mother and son sit down to read it out loud …..
The book tells that tale of a dark entity that once you let in …..and if you are reading the book, it’s already in …. you cannot be rid of it until you give it what it wants.
And it this case, it wants the boy …
What follows is a horror / psychological thriller that is as creepy as it is mysterious. What looks like a simple horror movie slowly evolves into something much deeper and possibly far more sinister. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy it as a scary bump-in-the-night movie …….. but there are layers and layers of story here.
Is this dark force external or, far more horrifying, is it coming from within? The mother is hanging on by a thread emotionally and her son, desperate for attention and possibly sensing her darker self, sets out to protect her. But from what? When she starts to drug the boy, the whole slowly moving, sleepwalking dream/nightmare quality goes to another level.
In the BluRay extras, Director Jennifer Kent discusses her fascination with exploring what happens to those who bottle things up. Amelia certainly has many things bottled up but then again, so does Samuel.
I watched this movie with others and each of us had a different perspective, each of us saw and thus reasoned something unique. When you think you have it all sorted out, you notice something else. It’s a deceptively clever movie with enough substance that a second viewing did not clear things up but muddied the waters yet again. And I love that!
This is a fantastic movie and I’m disappointed I missed it at the cinema. I love it even more because it’s an Aussie movie and when we get the creep factor right, boy do we get it right. This is as creepy a movie as I have seen it a long while. If you live in a house with dark corners anywhere, you may want to check them before you go to sleep.
4 out of 5 stars
Love Flick xx
Director : Jennifer Kent
Starring : Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Tim Purcell, Noah Wiseman, Benjamin Winspear, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West
Running Time : 93 minutes
Release Date : Available now on BluRay and DVD (Australia)