Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Babadook

Original, frightening, and enigmatic, I'm going out on a limb and calling The Babadook a new horror classic. Heavily shadowed and melancholy blue, the tension in The Babadook builds and never lets up while subtly exploring realms of Freudian symbolism and disturbing subtext. Complex and startling, The Babadook is equally about isolation, familial angst, and unimaginable grief as much as the threat of a lurking boogieman. Speaking of the boogieman, The Babadook does a lot with a little, and never has to resort to a full reveal or obvious jump scares. I could go on and on about this film, but I won't.

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