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THE BABADOOK

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 94 minutes, fetaurettes, featurettes, interviews, theatrical trailer

VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Stereo

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Scream Factory/ IFC Films/ Entertainment One/ Screen Australia / Smoking Gun Productions/ Causeway Films/ South Australian Film Corporation

RELEASE DATE: 4-14-2015

Amelia is raising her six year old son Samuel alone (the father was killed in an accident on the way to her giving birth to their son). Sam believes a monster called the Babadook is trying to hurt him and his mom that he goes about building weapons and setting traps.  She doesn’t believe him, but a sinister children’s book called The Babadook Man starts showing (even after she throws it away) and she wonders if they are being stocked by someone more earthly than a monster.

 

THE BABADOOK is a strong Aussie horror movie which plays as an effective psychological thriller along with a portrait of a fragile mother and child relationship as she refuses to come to terms with the death of the father (and fully love the child).  Jennifer Kent has directed and written one of the most effective horror movies I have ever seen with a great performance by Essie Davis as the mother Amelia. The production design of the house is perfect and the Babadook book is one children’s book you wouldn’t want to be reading to your children.   THE BABADOOK is one of the must watch horror movies to rent or buy on DVD or blu-ray.   You can’t miss seeing one of the best horror movies of the 21st century and Jennifer Kent is a talent to watch with whatever movie she directs next.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

CREATING THE BOOK WITH ILLUSTRATOR ALEX JUHASZ- Alex explains and shows how he created the Babadook book

A TOUR OF THE HOUSE SET with the Production Designer as he mentions how the set was built on a limited budget

 

THE STUNTS: JUMPING THE STAIRS

SPECIAL EFFECTS: THE STABBING SCENE

BEHIND THE SCENES- three minutes of B Roll footage

 

CAST AND CREW INTERVIEWS (62 minutes) with actors Essie Davis (Amelia), Daniel Henshall (Robbie), Barbara West (Mrs. Roach), Hayley McElhinney (Claire), writer/ director Jennifer Kent, costume designer Heather Wallace, and producers Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere- Interesting info includes Jennifer Kent’s transition from actor to director, the failed early version of the Babadook book, and Kristina Ceyton mentioning THE BABADOOK was almost filmed in black and white.   The interviews could have been edited down since some of the questions are repeated from interview to interview.

 

Theatrical trailer

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  THE BABADOOK is one of the best recent horror movies as it questions where the monster is real or it is just in the heads of the mother and child.    I wonder what type of film director Jennifer Kent will do next.

 

This review is 4-19-2015 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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