The Babadook

The Babadook

DVD - 2015 | Widescreen version.
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Amelia is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband. When a disturbing storybook called Mister Babadook turns up at her house, she is forced to battle with her son's deep seated fear of a monster. Soon she discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Shout Entertainment, [2015]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: BABAD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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aaropender
Oct 10, 2018

It's not a movie of gore. It's not a movie of jump scares. It's a movie of eerie soundtracks over long, dark camera angles which, from watching all the other movies, we know are set-ups for jump scares, and which leave viewers tense with anticipation that is not fully resolved through the expected fright. This scene-crafting early combines with fleshed-out emotional and social anguish for both the main characters which all blends into a taut 'confront your inner demons' and 'confront our outer demons' crescendo to leave a satisfying yet not truly 'happy' ending. The acting is good. My only complaint is the degree to which the primary character has refused to seek professional help for her emotional anguish for years after it has set in. It's realistic, I suppose, yet frustrating. Would have been for her son, too, perhaps; hence the movie.

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excaliburrom
Oct 03, 2018

Meh

JCLMattC Jul 12, 2018

There's so much going on here. It's a horror movie, yes, and it's scary, sure, but it has a lot to say about motherhood, families and society. I thought the ending was especially rich with insight.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 20, 2018

****SPOILERS****

I can't rate this higher because the dog dies, but it's a very good scary movie.

****END SPOILERS****

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Wuzo
Nov 06, 2017

I loved how it was slow paced and built tension throughout the film. I appreciate a movie that takes it's time to create atmosphere. A great change of pace from the usual jump scare nonsense that the Hollywood machine pumps out these days.

Very creepy and the acting was great throughout.

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stinasmami22
Aug 05, 2017

Not a real scary movie. Not what I expected it to be. It wasn't that bad but it just wasn't what I thought it was going to be. Characters were good and the plot was good. After just recently suffering a loss like the family in the movie the grieving hit home and made the ending hit home in a lot of ways.

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mickie_4
May 26, 2017

Failed the 5 minute rule, where I strongly feel that for that many millions of dollars, film makers should be able to do or say something funny, creepy or interesting within 5 minutes.

Example: Donny Darko: first line "I voted for Dukakis." The girl says to her father, knowing it'll make him mad.

Psycho: Pervy (as in the book), obnoxious bank customer pulls out 40 grand cash (1960) to buy his baby a house for her wedding. Plain secretary (Hitchcock's daughter): "I declare!"

Weird guy: "I don't. That's how I get to keep it."

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kpelish
May 07, 2017

I didn't find this to be scary but rather a darkly imaginative telling of how repressed grief can affect a family. Essie Davis does a great job of portraying vulnerability one moment (the sleep-deprived single mom, floaty pink dresses, the low-paying menial job) and strength the next (facing down a monster who threatens her and her son--or is it her own internal misery?). The director's interview stresses that they wanted to make a very "European-style" film, and perhaps they did in leaving a thread of sadness, appropriately housed, Jungian-style, in the basement. An American family would have resulted in a cathartic cleansing and an emotional moving on (this film is set in Australia). Many compliments to the creators for producing a dark-hued world with things just slightly out of kilter and a hard-edged portrayal of how people survive when all seems to be against them (the scenes with childhood protective services staff are unintentionally funny as they stick to their scripts).

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MontMoroc
Apr 22, 2017

Overrated- I found this to be rather boring actually, and the little kid is SUPER annoying ( almost unwatchable ). I'm surprised I made it to the end- it wasn't worth watching the whole thing at any rate.

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Nursebob
Apr 21, 2017

Childhood angst and unresolved grief come together to form a most diabolical bogeyman in writer/director Jennifer Kent’s first feature film; a taut psychological mindbender that’s equally effective as a straight-up ghost story. Playing like every campfire tale you’ve ever heard, there are enough bumps in the night—not to mention one very scary armoire—to keep you whistling in the dark for weeks. Not content to simply rely on standard genre jolts however, Kent elicits much of the movie’s sense of dread through old clips (as Amelia flips through late night TV stations she encounters everything from big bad wolves and sex ads to Italian giallo) and clever camerawork including some of the most evocative dream sequences since Mia Farrow turned out the lights in "Rosemary’s Baby". But there is a deeper unease beneath the film’s wicked chills, one that speaks of a widow’s despair and a child’s fear of abandonment—for the horror in the house presents a very different face to mother and son. Finally, even though her film’s final moments pay due respect to "The Exorcist" and "Poltergeist", Kent brings it all together for an unexpected ending with a distinctly feminine sensibility. And the performances are amazing too.

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Wuzo
Nov 06, 2017

Wuzo thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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trotter73
May 06, 2015

BA......BA.......DOOOOOOK

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