Up until now I haven't written much about The Babadook because some of the negative fan reviews it gets bothers me. Sure there are the hipsters trouncing it, but they hate everything. It's the people who attack it because the kid is "annoying". Man, he's supposed to be annoying. The fact that he gets under your skin so perfectly both lends itself to brilliant direction by Jennifer Kent and a special performance by both Essie Davis and her son played by Noah Wiseman. There's something so real about how kids can do that and you feel it, like it or not as a parent. It isn't constant like it is in the Babadook and there are deep psychological reasons behind that. Occasionally I just like to enjoy a horror movie and not deal with defending it against folks who want to attack it. Sure I've raved about how much I liked it, but I haven't defended it or been critical of it. It deserves a pedestal. It is a horror picture, and it is also psychological.
After watching all the special features, I can tell you that there are juicy bits of info in this package, but they are more like morsels than full meals. The Deleted Scenes are few and somewhat bland. The Cast and Crew interviews are interesting, but the questions are somewhat ordinary and repetitive. The interviews don't pick up steam and are done with a typed questions and spoken responses. No organic flow, but at least you get everyone you'd want to hear from for the most part.The Behind the Scenes is brief but interesting especially the set design. I had no idea they build that house on a sound stage. It looked perfectly real. There's a stunt reel... of sorts... that is just watching Essie jump and run up stairs.
The gem in the features is Jennifer Kent's short film Monster. It's nearly as creepy as The Babadook. It is not identical, but you can see how it was the jumping off point for the feature length film with plenty of new ideas and pieces of character development added in. The quality of picture in the movie is excellent. This is a rich movie with plenty of blues and dark moments.
- Limited-Run "Pop Up" Packaging
- Deleted Scenes
- Cast And Crew Interviews
- Behind-The-Scenes Of The Making Of The Film
- Jennifer Kent's Short Film, "Monster"
- Theatrical Trailers
You can order The Babadook now from Scream Factory available in April:
Synopsis from Scream Factory:
Amelia (AFI Award winner Essie Davis, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Slap) is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband. When a disturbing storybook called Mister Babadook turns up at her house, she is forced to battle with her son's deep-seated fear of a monster. Soon she discovers a sinister presence all around her.A chilling tale of unseen and otherworldly horror in the haunting tradition of The Orphanage, Jennifer Kent's visceral journey into the heart of fear itself is as terrifying as it is believable.