The Babadook: Movie Analysis

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Horror films have dramatically increased in popularity each year. Producers come out with a new horror film in theaters at least every two months, and the results are satisfying to the audience. Almost every horror film tries to come up with something more intense and dreadful. The Babadook was released in 2014 and is still quite mindboggling. Many people do not understand that not all horror films are full of murders and blood. The Babadook is a movie that tests the classifications of being a horror film. To have a successful horror film it is important to have the uncanny perception, the unknown, a stomach twisting plot, and special subliminal effects; The Babadook succeeds every category in a different approach than any other horror film. …show more content…
These effects are the setting of creepy houses, angles of seeing through a killer or victim, lighting, and motion of the film. Cinematography is important because it gives experience of the film. Cinematography is never usually in the audience’s conscious while watching any film. But it is a subliminal message and emotion that produce the icing on the cake. This art of cinema produces more interest and understanding of the film. The cinematography in The Babadook is the most successful criteria. The Babadook touches on the cinematography in many different ways. In one scene the camera is angled in a peripheral vision with the monster lurking. The lighting in the house was always dark unless Amelia and Samuel were outside during the day. Another amazing visual aspect is some of the scenes are cut out not giving the complete detailed actions made. This moved the film quicker to satisfy the horror …show more content…
However, the film does such an incredible job with the criteria that it distracts the audience with the main message that is going on in the film. The film is a monster representing the stress and coping between Amelia loosing her husband in a car accident. But either way at looking the genre and what makes a horror movie unforgettable The Babadook is successful. One of the most interesting arguments about this film was critic Drew Hunt and his review. Drew Hunt states that Kent failed to meet the lofty standards of horror (Hunt). Drew Hunt believes that fear internally is not nearly as scary than external fear (Hunt). This completely false due to the evidence of fear is what the human mind makes of it. Based on my criteria of uncanny patterns, the more realistic something is the more the audience will be petrified. Psychological disorders are proven to have this effect of fighting a person’s own mind. If the thoughts are over powering and affecting more than just the person coping, it can impact others dramatically. Jennifer Kent does an amazing job expressing this to her audience by showing how Samuel is affected by Amelia when she lets the babadook in, after Samuel says multiple times “I don’t want you to die” and “Don’t let it in.” Think of it this way, when a tree branch scratches the window at midnight and looks like long fingers outside

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