First time film director, Jennifer Kent, presents to us The Babadook, which she also wrote. This Australian film had been doing the convention and festival circuits to what has been grand praise. Unlike some of the more aggressive horror films of low profile which have also garnered praise, The Babadook has been able to avoid the backlash of folks that are turned off by more extreme, darker, or gimmicky fare. As a result it has garnered amazing reviews from both the passive viewer as well as hardcore genre fans.
The story is about a widowed mother, Amelia, and her young child named Sam. Sam is a very imaginative but also a very distressed child who seems to have various social and behavioral issues not unlike many youngsters, if a bit more extreme. When an unaccounted for children’s book appears about a fantastical creature named the Babadook, strange things begin to happen. The book, though presented as any child’s tale, instead talks about death and is drawn in a very grim and gothic way. Is Amelia being shadowed by a stranger? Is a supernatural monster haunting her child? Or is it something else completely?
Dark Discussions talks about The Babadook and its encompassing hype that has followed it as it slowly was released through various VOD platforms. Is the film an original tale that is making it transcend other indy or foreign films? Is it the most scariest film that director William Friedkin has stated? Is it the best horror film of the year as some early lists have stated? Listen to find out.