Whether you loved or hated The Babadook (directed by Jennifer Kent), the fact that we’re still discussing it almost 4 years after its release is a testament to the film’s impact on popular culture. The titular Babadook has become a bona fide genre icon, yet he’s one of the most nebulous villains to ever walk the pantheons of horror. Many people, myself included, have long hypothesized that the shadowy phantasm is a manifestation of grief, a theory that holds a lot of weight when tested.
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In the video below, film critic Mr. H explains how The Babadook is a parallel for working through the 5 stages of grief. Give it a watch to see Amelia (played by Essie Davis) and her battle with the top-hat wearing terror the aligns with, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance. It puts the film into a framework that many people can relate too—perhaps even those who hated “that annoying kid!”
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As for the other big question most people ask about the film, “What’s with the bowl of worms?”, we turn to our favorite Irish film theorist, Ryan Hollinger.
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
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If it’s been a while, or if you’ve forgotten just how good The Babadook really is, check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: A troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children’s book.
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