Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Day 30: The Babadook

This little foreign horror flick came out of nowhere and became pretty popular a couple of years ago. I am kind of surprised at how popular, given the ending of the movie. Audiences usually want a more satisfying resolution.  But I digress.

This movie follows the story of a woman whose husband has died, leaving her to raise their son. A mysterious book about a monster called the Babadook turns up in their house and the kid becomes obsessed with it. Soon, secrets are revealed and pasts are uncovered. It is that busy middle portion with the woman hunting for answers that provides most of the momentum of the movie. Really, like Drag Me to Hell, this is a movie about domestic abuse and trauma as well as the ways you can choose to handle them. When seen through that lens, the ending makes perfect sense but, as always, your mileage may vary.

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