The Babadook (2014)
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The Babadook has been labeled the best Australian horror movie in years. I've got not much to compare to, but I do recognize a good horror picture when I see one. While you won't have to prepare for jump scares, gallons of blood or unbearable tension, Jennifer Kent's movie relies on the expressions of the actors and the psychological darkness surrounding the story. Essie Davis and child actor Noah Wiseman give their best making their facial expressions speak a thousand words and mostly they succeed. In addition, I think it is possible to read a subtext in this movie: the Babadook being the psychological terror of not being able to cope with reality. Of course that's just a possible interpretation (although I like the metaphorical layer of the ending when looking at the movie this way). The kind of horror that adds a pinch of Dark Touch to movies like Mama, Sinister and Oculus. Recommended!
Excellent horror movie that actually managed to make me feel uneasy. One of the best horror movies I've seen in a long, long time.
Not too shabby.
One thing that really bugged me was the occasional stock sound effect. Which is a shame, because otherwise the sound design was really good. But then once in a while there'd be this stock "monster roar" sound effect that you've heard in a million cheap genre flicks, and you can't help but roll your eyes.
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This movie ranks #66 in Best Of Rotten Tomatoes
This movie ranks #117 in They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?
This movie ranks #563 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films