Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Babadook [2014]

Three years and FearFinder is back?  Why?  Well the kids are getting older, giving me more time, and I heard The Babadook was so good it would drag me back to bloggin'.  So was it?  Well let's find out.

We're introduced to Amelia and Samuel, a mother and son interesting enough to cheer for, but also annoying enough to root root root for The Babadook-dook-dook.  Samuel is part RedRum and part Bobby from House By The Cemetery ie  you want to punch him in the face and give him a hug all at the same time.  But he dabbles in amateur magic and medieval weaponry so he's all good in my books.

Samuel gets kicked out of school for bringing in his home made dart shooter and Amelia decides to call in sick for paranormalghost-a-sitis.  So the two decide to camp-in in their 3 bedroom 2-story with modern melancholy grey decor and hope someone else fixes their life problems.  Enter The Babadook.

What is the Babadook?  Couldn't tell you.  We got no back-story, no explanation, and no rhyme or reason of why this character shows up besides 10 pages of a poorly drawn pencil doodles.  The book just shows up on Samuel's book case amongst the Dr. Seuss and Robert Munsch collections and decides to fuck these fuckers up.

For the next 30mins The Babadook gives a few decent scares but ends without a satisfying climax, not even Amelia could climax, sorry honey, you need to put a lock on that bedroom door.  It was like cinematic blue balls.  

Don't get me wrong.  The Babadook is a good movie.  In fact, it's very good movie.  The photography is spot on, dark and unsettling, the sets are atmospheric and dreary.  It's a well constructed film; written brilliantly, acted professionally, and confidently executed.  It's just not a great horror film.  


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