AJ’s 31 Days of Horror Movies: ‘The Babadook’
A fantastic haunted house film that dives deep into grief and loss.
The Babadook has made almost every list of "must-see" horror movies that I've ever encountered, which made me suspicious - was it really that good?
Yes. Yes it is.
It's the story of a woman who lost her husband in a violent car accident while she was in labor with their son, and was now left to raise him by herself. Naturally, her son starts to act out and get into trouble. And then, he brought her a pop-up book about The Babadook and...well, you'll have to watch it.
The movie has a great, classic haunted house-feel to it. It also shows the difficulties of single parenting, and parenting in general, that we can all relate to. It's also got the proverbial monster that most people want in a scary movie.
I won't spoil anything, but I'll go out on a limb and say that I LOVED the ending, and I can't say that about most horror movies. You don't want everything wrapped up in a bow, but you don't want to be left with questions, either. And I feel like this film had a little bit of both at the end.
And if you want to dive in deep into the meanings of the movie, watch it and then read this.
Enjoy, scary movie lovers!