Variety Review: ‘The Babadook’ (If It’s In A Word, Or In A Look…)

Yet, even before anyone cracks “Mr. Babadook’s” cover, “The Babadook” has the elaborately fabricated look of a giant pop-up movie, sporting the kind of intricately detailed and resolutely analog visual design one associates with the early films of Terry Gilliam or the recent ones of Wes Anderson. The characters inhabit a world that seems drained of color, with everything from clothes to walls to furniture painted in shades of gray and black, as if they, too, were in a perpetual state of mourning. That creates just the right feel of subjective reality for a movie about monsters that spring not from some far-flung demonic realm but rather from the darkness of our own subconscious. Indeed, Mr. Babadook’s closest predecessor in the canon of big screen boogeymen may be the murderous, “psychoplasmic” offspring of the mentally disturbed mother in Cronenberg’s “The Brood.” (Unsurprisingly, when the “monster” makes his first full-bodied appearance, it’s as a terrific piece of stop-motion animation.)


-From the attached Variety review by Scott Foundas (click on ‘View Original’)

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Ooooh we cannot freaking WAIT to see this; it’s on our “Most Anticipated Horror Of 2014” list, and was the second we saw the spellbinding trailer. We’ve seen the short, and are glad we chose not to watch it alone in the dark. Terry Gilliam fan? Fan of Tim Burton’s non-big budget movies? Check out the trailer immediately, don’t wait for us to post it (which we will, along with the original frightening B&W short The Babadook is based on, “Monster”)!

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