Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook tells the story of lonely widower Amelia (Essie Davis) and her son Robbie (Daniel Henshall), who after discovering and subsequently reading a mysterious and horrific children’s book, begin to find their life haunted by an unknown evil known as the Babadook, which starts to infest their home, terrifying them to the point of madness.
With family and friends keeping their distance due to the strange behavior exhibited by young Robbie, Amelia soon finds herself cut off and at the mercy of this evil monster.
Australia has been known to produce some horror gems over the years and The Babadook looked set to offer something truly unique and special to a genre saturated with ‘jump-out-of-your-seat’ scares and limitless gore.
Sadly however, The Babadook‘s engrossing and tense storyline seemed to descend into chaos at the end, undoing the fantastic build up of the films first sixty minutes, resulting in my disconnection from the fascinating characters.
Despite my view on the storyline, there was one saving grace of the film – Essie Davis and Daniel Henshall gave incredible performances that brought a chilling and unforgettable relationship to this mother and son, and will certainly make a trip to see this horror worth while, even if you do end up sharing my views on the ending.