Amelia, who lost her husband in a car crash on the way to give birth to Samuel, their only child, struggles to cope with her fate as a single mom. Samuel's constant fear of monsters and violent reaction to overcome the fear doesn't help her cause either, which makes her friends become distant. When things can not get any worse, they read a strange book in their house about the 'Babadook' monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. Even Amelia seems to feel the effect of Babadook and desperately tries in vain to destroy the book. The nightmarish experiences the two encounter form the rest of the story.Written by
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(at around 31 mins) Samuel pushes the girl out of the tree house backwards, yet she somehow falls forward. See more »
[Amelia is driving Sam home from his aunt's house]
Where did you get those firecrackers?
You got them for me on the internet!
Well, that's the end of the internet.
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Music from 'No! No! A Thousand Times No!'
Written by George Steiner
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A meditation on grief
The Babadook surprised me on two counts.
First, as someone who doesn't often get the warm fuzzies at spooky films, this did. It's a well acted, believable account of a mum and child being haunted by a seemingly malevolent 'thing'. Effective jumps and creeping tension are handled well.
But I was surprised again by the end, as I came away seeing it as an allegory for deep grief and a way through it. I found it quite moving, the mum finding a place for that darkness, finally taking control of it.
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