The Babadook Reviews

  • 6d ago

    It's not scary, just boring. It's the worst kind of horror because you cannot even make fun of it.

    It's not scary, just boring. It's the worst kind of horror because you cannot even make fun of it.

  • Jan 07, 2020

    A genuinely frightening horror film with phenomenal acting and metaphorical implications that keep you questioning if any of the supernatural madness is being portrayed as real or simply a result of the characters' psychosis. (A-)

    A genuinely frightening horror film with phenomenal acting and metaphorical implications that keep you questioning if any of the supernatural madness is being portrayed as real or simply a result of the characters' psychosis. (A-)

  • Jan 06, 2020

    In ‘The Babadook', writer/director Jennifer Kent sculpted a sad and frightening meditation on grief and recovery into a tightly put-together haunted house plot. The mother and young son at the center of the story begin the film in a shared nightmare. They lost their husband/father to a car accident, and the resulting malaise eventually makes them vulnerable to the Babadook, a freaky-deaky grief monster out of a demented pop-up book, apparently traveling Australia, looking for sad people to terrorize. Aside from being a scary dick, the Babadook also looks great. He's a sort of two-dimensional horror-comic figure whose flat appearance may carry some metaphoric meaning, but also fits perfectly in shots from classic silent horror movies. The film comes together because Kent builds characters that feel real, with real frustrations and failings, and because the actors make them seem human and sympathetic despite their flaws. When the monster shows up to chase them around the house and threaten them, we care.

    In ‘The Babadook', writer/director Jennifer Kent sculpted a sad and frightening meditation on grief and recovery into a tightly put-together haunted house plot. The mother and young son at the center of the story begin the film in a shared nightmare. They lost their husband/father to a car accident, and the resulting malaise eventually makes them vulnerable to the Babadook, a freaky-deaky grief monster out of a demented pop-up book, apparently traveling Australia, looking for sad people to terrorize. Aside from being a scary dick, the Babadook also looks great. He's a sort of two-dimensional horror-comic figure whose flat appearance may carry some metaphoric meaning, but also fits perfectly in shots from classic silent horror movies. The film comes together because Kent builds characters that feel real, with real frustrations and failings, and because the actors make them seem human and sympathetic despite their flaws. When the monster shows up to chase them around the house and threaten them, we care.

  • Jan 03, 2020

    This film made me change my mind about horror as a genre, convincing me it wasn't all gore and shock value. It was deeply disturbing at times, did an amazing job at illustrating the ailing psyche of its protagonist, with a strangely simple yet unique and effective monster. The end message of the movie leaves a strong impression. Amazing watch, and a must-see for horror geeks.

    This film made me change my mind about horror as a genre, convincing me it wasn't all gore and shock value. It was deeply disturbing at times, did an amazing job at illustrating the ailing psyche of its protagonist, with a strangely simple yet unique and effective monster. The end message of the movie leaves a strong impression. Amazing watch, and a must-see for horror geeks.

  • Dec 29, 2019

    The Babadook is a very unsettling film. Its atmosphere always puts you on edge and never lets you go until it ends. Even when it ends, you still get the feeling that something's not right.

    The Babadook is a very unsettling film. Its atmosphere always puts you on edge and never lets you go until it ends. Even when it ends, you still get the feeling that something's not right.

  • Dec 27, 2019

    So refreshingly terrifying.

    So refreshingly terrifying.

  • Dec 27, 2019

    Scary. Great to watch on a date.

    Scary. Great to watch on a date.

  • Dec 26, 2019

    ‘The Babadook' is good at displaying themes and tension and offers fantastic acting from Essie Davis but overall, the film doesn't offer a whole lot of difference than other horror films in its fashion nowadays and doesn't offer a whole handful aside the points I made earlier. 5.4/10

    ‘The Babadook' is good at displaying themes and tension and offers fantastic acting from Essie Davis but overall, the film doesn't offer a whole lot of difference than other horror films in its fashion nowadays and doesn't offer a whole handful aside the points I made earlier. 5.4/10

  • Dec 25, 2019

    Uno espera y espera que pase algo interesante, pero...

    Uno espera y espera que pase algo interesante, pero...

  • Dec 25, 2019

    This movie deserves to be one of the best horror movies of all time

    This movie deserves to be one of the best horror movies of all time