IFC Midnight unleashes the critically acclaimed Australian psychological horror film The Babadook into your home. Here is an effective thriller which climbs inside your head and drags all your worst fears and insecurities to the surface. It will haunt not only your nightmares as some of the disturbing events take place in the “safety” of the day.
In The Babadook, a troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son (Noah Wiseman) is telling the truth. He is seeing a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children's book. Together, they must fight to remove the sinister creature from their lives while they spiral more and more into insanity.
Although I’ve heard complaints from some that they never really show the monster, I find that to be a part of the mystery surrounding The Babadook. You only get fleeting glimpses of what the creature truly is. I see it as a combination of Dr. Caligari and a Spanish horror icon known as Coffin Joe. That’s all I’ll give away about its appearance.
The Babadook is unrated but could hold an R. A sexually explicit scene with no nudity is found. It also includes violence involving a child. Many times the child is dishing out the violence. Frightening and intense sequences of the monster are guaranteed to frighten viewers. There’s also profanity and the child is given a sedative to help him sleep.
The Blu-ray edition of The Babadook boasts some insightful bonus material. We get over an hour of interviews with the cast and crew. There’s also behind-the-scenes footage and a theatrical trailer included.
The Babadook truly is an exercise in psychological horror that must be seen. It takes your worst fears and darkest thoughts and parades them onscreen in front of you to deal with and work out. You could even call it a sort of extreme grief and parental therapy if you truly dig into the meanings behind the movie.