Storybook Creature

The Babadook

Maybe it’s the time of the year or just the cycle of horror movies, but there sure seems to be a lot of “ghost” and/or “entity in yer face” movies these days. Not that I’m complaining, which I’m prone to do; I’ll take a ghost movie over an overdone zombie film since I’ve about had my fill of the undead. DISCLAIMER: The above statement DOES NOT include The Walking Dead, which has become a raging addiction for me, no matter how much smack George Romero talks about it.

So the next one coming down the polter-pole is The Babadook (Australia/2014), a mythical kid’s book whatchahoozit. While the name doesn’t particularly invoke a sense of dread and sounds like an internet start-up, color me a seasonal shade of intrigued.

Here’s the paper-thin albeit serviceable plot…

“Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her out of control six year-old, Samuel, a son she finds impossible to love.”

“Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called The Babadook turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about.”

“His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior. But when she begins to see glimpses of an evil presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.”

The Babadook

Couple ’o things: The kid needs to be put in time-out – for about a month. Secondly, maybe mom should hook up with Babadook; let’s see what behavior problems arise when your step-dad’s a supernatural creature from beyond that has zero tolerance for humans to begin with.

3 Responses to “Storybook Creature”

  1. If it’s in a word
    Or if it’s in a look
    You can’t get rid of
    The Babadook

    Would he kill you
    here or there?

    He would kill you
    here or there.
    He would kill you anywhere.

    I do not like
    The Babadook
    I do not like him in a book
    I do not like him in a house
    I do not like him with a mouse.

    Probably from one of the lesser-known Dr Seuss books . . .

  2. Just read a review in the Spokanistan Spokesperson Review.
    Could this just possibly be a good movie?
    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/dec/19/babadook-disturbs-in-all-right-ways/

    Nah, it couldn’t be . . .

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