RELEASED 2014 RUNTIME 94 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION JENNIFER KENT SCREENPLAY JENNIFER KENT STARRING ESSIE DAVIS, NOAH WISEMAN, DANIEL HENSHALL, HAYLEY McELHINNEY, BARBARA WEST, BENJAMIN WINSPEAR MUSIC JED KURZEL
Now that’s a nice surprise! It’s really hard to find good modern horror movies nowadays. Either they are “found footage” or “torture porn”, but the good old fashioned horror flick that is almost dead. The last really good one was The Conjuring that came out 2013 I believe.
The price for 2014’s best horror movie definitely goes to The Babadook, which is an Australian production.
Let me say one thing straight away. The main actress, Essie Davis, is phenomenal! Her performance as a widow mother carries the movie and is just incredible. She goes trough almost all the motions and exceeds in every one of that.
She is accompanied by a similarly talented kid actor, Noah Wiseman, who also convinces on every level. I don’t think I have ever seen a better kid actor.
So, basically the story revolves around a monster called the Babadook that scares you at night. In a sense it’s your typical bedroom ghost, but not really. He actually comes out from a children’s book which, honestly, you shouldn’t really read to your children cause it looks terrifying!
Without telling you too much about the plot I will mention though that I love how deep it actually is. It will touch you, especially when you are a single mother. It’s not just a scary film, but it deals with the loss of your beloved one and how it affects your life, especially when carrying his or her child. The theme of attachment is very strong and ties the drama elements together with the horror stuff to make it more effective and believable, more scary even.
Overall I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see a good scary without sacrificing good storytelling. Also everyone who is interested in good foreign cinema has to watch it, no question! Buy it, rent it, whatever you have to do, but watch it!