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The Babadook

The Babadook

Australien/Kanada 2014 - mit Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall ...

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Originaltitel:The Babadook
Genre:Horror, Mystery
Regie:Jennifer Kent
Produktionsland:Australien/Kanada 2014
Laufzeit:Ca. 93 min.
FSK:From 16 years
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The young nurse Amelia (Essie Davis) does not find it easy to return to normality after the death of her husband even after seven years. It is the unpredictable behavior of her son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) that causes the widow sleepless nights. The boy complains about nightmares, behaves so aggressively towards other children that he is expelled from school and even Amelia's sister is no longer willing to help her after another outburst of the boy. Amelia is at the end with her Latin, especially as Samuel claims stiffly and firmly to be haunted night after night by the monster from the children's book "The Babadook". What she initially blames on his childish fantasy is also creeping more and more into her own life. And after the uncanny incidents in her house accumulate, Amelia is sure: the Babadook really exists - and he's after her and her son...

Based on her short film "Monster" from 2005, the filmmaker Jennifer Kent has created "The Babadook" with the title "The Babadook". an extremely atmospheric horror thriller, which could inspire at various festivals and could win such prominent fans as Stephen King or William "The Exorcist" Friedkin for itself. The movie's special charm lies in its very quiet narrative style, which especially at the beginning gets along without the usual shock effects. The horror slowly creeps into the film, almost unnoticed. Which is not to say that at the beginning everything is vain sunshine. On the contrary, from the beginning there is a dark shadow on the life of Amelia and Samuel. She does not get over the loss of her husband and the boy is plagued night after night by night night dreams. Despair, frustration and enormous tiredness are written in the face of the single mother from the first scene on.

Other than in other films of this subject, evil does not break into an (apparent) idyll. Rather, it takes advantage of the existing suffering and fears of the two protagonists and intensifies them many times over. This has the advantage that as a viewer you don't always have the feeling that you have seen this movie before. Despite many references to traditional horror food and even to the German expressionism of F.W. Murnau, "Der Babadook" seems fresh and unspent. The disadvantage is that the viewer is made difficult by the heaviness and dreariness prevailing from the beginning to find access to the characters and the story.

However, after the first 40 minutes the horror takes on more and more concrete forms. And it works really well. With a first-class sound design and very traditional creepy effects, Jennifer Kent always provides extremely effective goose bumps. These are excellently supported by the very atmospheric picture language. Even though the movie can't necessarily appeal to a broad audience, it is still a good to very good horror movie almost to the end, in which you would like to agree with the hymns of praise of Stephen King and Co. But finally the finale, about which nothing should be revealed at this point, clouds the very positive overall impression a little bit.

After the enormous build-up of tension the resolution seems a bit dull and lacks the originality, which the rest of the film radiated so sovereign. But even if the last minutes show dramatic weaknesses, "The Babadook" is undoubtedly one of the better horror movies of recent years. It's sad that adult horror like this one, which is based on exaggerated slaughter, fast cuts and every ingratiation with a teenage target audience, has such a hard time getting a bigger audience excited. Because "The Babadook" would have absolutely deserved that despite his weaknesses! Worth seeing

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