October is my favorite month. It’s not too hot, not too cold, I dig the changing colors, and best of all SO MANY MONSTER MOVIES.
So there’s this movie challenge called the ’31 Days of Horror’ (or alternatively the '31 Days of Halloween') where you watch a horror movie every day in October.
Count me in!
Movie #1: The Babadook.
This movie has a lot of hype behind it. The Babadook was a hit with critics (it currently sits at 98% at RottenTomatoes) and audiences generally liked it as well. Like a lot of films with crazy hype, The Babadook suffered from viewers wanting to dislike it and also perhaps getting other viewer’s hopes up. I wonder if I wanted to distance myself from all of that, which might explain why it took me so long to finally watch the film.
The Babadook is a nervy horror film about a single mother caring for her difficult 6 year old son. They read a strange kid’s book about Mister Babadook, a monstrous creature that cannot be sent away once he’s been let in to a home, and the son goes off the rails, thinking he sees the Babadook everywhere. It’s only after she sedates the boy that the mother begins seeing and hearing things, too. The Babadook itself is not a strikingly original monster but writer/director Jennifer Kent finds effective ways to deliver the creeps, working with sound, shadow, and interesting concepts of madness and loss, all sold by fantastic performances from the leads Essie Davis and first-time child actor Noah Wiseman.
The Babadook lives up to the hype. This is old school horror at its finest. The film can currently be streamed on Netflix in the US.
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