Movie Review: The Babadook (2014)

April 14, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

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A single mother, who 7 years later still can’t get over the death of her husband, is struggling to cope with her situation. After reading a strange book to her son, they become plagued by strange occurrences and a dark figure. “If it’s in a word or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of The Babadook.”

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‘The Babadook’ was written and directed by Jennifer Kent, who also wrote and directed 2005’s short horror film ‘Monster’.

The exhausted single mother, Amelia, is played by ‘The Matrix: Revolution’ actress Essie Davis. The role of Amelia’s unruly son, Samuel, is played by Noah Wiseman (The Gift).

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Since before ‘The Babadook’ hit theaters it has been making big waves in the horror community and since it was released in theaters it has been hailed as the best horror of 2o14. Now I see why, this movie is seriously intense. I was surprised to see that there were no big special FX, but the movie didn’t need them. ‘The Babadook’ relies on shadows, actors and seriously creepy sound. The sound department deserves serious respect for the level of terror that could not been accomplished without them, expecially Frank Lipson, the sound editor and designer. The cast really sold what their character was experiencing. I was very impressed by both Essie Davis and young Noah Wiseman. It’s rare that I get to say this, but ‘The Babadook’ was exactly what I was hoping for. I ran the gamut of emotions from pity, to sadness, to feeling the urge to hide my face behind a pillow, which is awesome. So, would I recommend ‘The Babadook’? You bet your ass I would.

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‘The Babadook’ is now out on DVD and is available on Netflix Streaming.


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