I finally got round to watching The Babadook, directed by Jennifer Kent, another crowdfunded hidden gem.
The film centres itself around single mother, Amelia (Essie Davis), her son, Samuel (Noah Wiseman) and a mysterious / downright evil children’s book called, The Babadook.
After reading what starts out as an innocent children’s bedtime story, the scene quickly changes to that of a pretty distraught boy who goes on to endure hallucinations of The Babadook. All the while, Amelia is battling to prove to Samuel that these thoughts are in his head until she begins to see things herself and question her own sanity.
The illustrated pop-up book fuels the fright throughout – I only wish I’d known about the film sooner as limited runs of the book have already been sold off and sold out. Illustrator Alex Juhasz has done an amazing job of bringing The Babadook to life. On his site, Alex explains his creative process: “…many iterations of the creature were sketched before finding a Babadook Jen and I were sufficiently disturbed with…”
You can read more here.
It’s a fantastic film of ‘is she losing the plot, or is this really happening?’ Taking into consideration the very small budget, the cinematography absolutely rivals some of the finest big-budget films on offer today, whilst the visual art style takes inspiration from classic horror films of the early 20s and 30s to provide some truly creepy scenes and sounds that will stay with you long after you’ve tucked yourself in at night.