ITOL Top 50 Films of the Decade, Entry No. 5: The Babadook

Jennifer Kent’s 2014 debut feature film “The Babadook” is a hauntingly beautiful tale of a depressed mother and her young son. In a lot of ways, it’s a classic ghost story, but the deeper meaning Kent infuses takes the film to the next level. Essie Davis gives a stellar performance as Amelia, a widowed single mother facing a deep depression. Her son, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), is a point of grief for Amelia since her husband died on the way to the hospital while she was in labor. Not only is Amelia left without her partner, she is left with Samuel, a constant reminder of her husband that also looks like him. 

31 Days of Horror, Day 29: The Babadook

"The Babadook" is the type of horror flick I love; one where the threat — in this case, the monster — works as both an internal and external threat. The unique creature design is simultaneously whimsical and menacing. Think, the hybrid that one would get if they were to describe Nosferatu to a child and have that child illustrate the description.

Spotlight: Jennifer Kent

By Tom Moore The horror genre hasn’t exactly been the kindest to women. Sure, it’s generally a woman who ends up evading and, eventually, taking out whatever killer or entity is stalking them, but it comes at a cost. In order to be the “final girl” women often have to be pristine in sexuality, mannerisms,... Continue Reading →

Review: The Nightingale

“The Nightingale” walks the line between accurate representation and trauma porn, which is an ongoing struggle in the film world and for survivors of all kinds of violence.

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