Babadook (2014) – Small budget, big Surprise
Actors: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Noah Wiseman, Michelle Nightingale, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Tim Purcell, Benjamin Winspear, Cathy Adamek, Peta Shannon, Craig Behenna, Hayley McElhinney, Carmel Johnson, Michael Gilmour, Barbara West, Adam Morgan
Duration: 93 min
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Long Story Short:
One night Amelia’s son asks her to read a book to him he found in their house. No one knows where it came from. As soon as she begins reading she realizes it is more than just a bed time story. She awoke something evil that will make the boogeyman look like a joke.
Babadook is a kickstarter project that raised a little over 10,000 USD, and is therefore a low-budget production. So if you expect CGI effects that will blow your mind, you won’t get it here.
What you get, however, is an atmospheric mix of drama and supernatural thriller that convinces especially towards the end.
The actors are engaged, the script is fluent, but the character of the little boy is so annoying. For the first half all he does is screaming. I wished the director would have decided to show his character in a different way; all I was thinking was: I hope the Babadook takes him, so we can all enjoy watching the rest of the movie.
The second half was very creepy and fun to watch; it kept me at the edge of my seat. The ending is not bad, but due to the little budget it wasn’t as big and bold as I hoped for.
All in all I enjoyed Babadook, it’s a great watch for Halloween, and I think I would watch it again.