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The Babadook

This is a new Australian horror film that, judging by both the positive reviews it got at the Sundance Film Festival and its trailer, looks to be one to keep an eye out for if your tastes run to suspenseful horror movies (which mine do).

I'm not a one for gore-fests or torture porn type horror, but a good, thought provoking, spine tingling, suspenseful, supernatural themed tale that builds a sense of dread will win me almost every time. This is one that promises to be just that.

I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for its release. Edit: I just found out it was released in Australia on 22nd May, so now to hunt down when it will be showing in my area!

Here's a little blurb on it:

The Babadook

Director: Jennifer Kent
Starring: Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman

The Babadook, a new local release funded on Kickstarter, is shaping up to be a high-quality, scary as hell horror-thriller.

A single mother struggles to care for her troubled son while dealing with the loss of her husband. Along comes a fairytale book about a monster, which seems to pop off the page and invade the house. It showed at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, and could be the next frightful Australian story burned into your mind.

Is the creature real? We’re not sure yet but, judging by the trailer, the dread is palpable.

Here's Jennifer Kent's short film, Monster, which is a springboard of sorts for The Babadook, but stands very well on its own, I think. I love the ending, it's so full of possible meanings.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 25th, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
This looks so creepy. I love imaginative horror movies.
May. 26th, 2014 05:02 am (UTC)
It's gotten great reviews from all the critics so far as being an intelligent, well made and very creepy tale, so I'm keeping an eye out for it. I've seen a short film by Jennifer Kent, the writer and director of this and I liked it very much, so I think that this one is shaping up to be a winner. If it's as good as they say, I think that she has a promising future as a quality film maker. It's interesting that it was partially funded via KIckstart - just over $30,000 was raised.

I actually thought of you specifically when I found out about this film as I thought it would be to your tastes.

Here's a blurb on her visual treatment of the film:

Jennifer's inspiration comes from the early silent horror films which she believes are beautiful and arresting. The images of horror were elevated in most cases to a poetic level. This is our visual starting point with The Babadook; to take inspiration from the bold visual worlds of films like Nosferatu, Vampyr and M and find our own distinctive, original and modern take on them. These early silent films were strongly influenced by German Expressionism, which was about bringing the ‘inside out’ i.e. externalizing the emotions of a character and placing those emotions physically into their surroundings through lighting, camera and design. We feel excited to find our own modern interpretation of expressionism for The Babadook.

I think you'll like her short film, Monster which is a springboard of sorts for The Babadook but stands very well on its own. I'll add it to my post.
May. 27th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
Yes! Thank you for posting this. I'm definitely a fan of German Expressionism. I know it is considered the mark of a good horror movie to have it scare you the bejesus out of you, but that really isn't what I'm searching for in horror. To me it's all about atmosphere and creep factor.

And yes, I hate torture porn too.

Edited at 2014-05-27 06:24 am (UTC)
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