The Babadook – Horror Movie

The Babadook

The Babadook (2014) was written and directed by Jennifer Kent. Starring Essie Davis (Game of Thrones), Noah Wiseman, and Daniel Henshall.

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

The Babadook is a tale grief and being able to control and understand what is going on with it. The story stays pretty closely around Sam and Amelia. Sam is the son of Amelia and Oskar, in which Oskar died. Amelia is left picking up the pieces and holding her tiny family together. This film was an excruciatingly slow-burn, starting with the emotional drainage of Amelia and displaying the outburst of the tyrannically disturbed child Samuel.

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Unfortunately the way that this film was created if I were to ever meet the poor child, Noah Wiseman in person I would punch him in the face. He’s entirely too annoying, whether that is his acting style or merely him showing through, I cannot tell. His constant screaming and yelling at his mother, makes me want to beat this child relentlessly and I’m not that kind of person. He definitely makes it easy to see why Amelia wants to pull out her hair and never get out of bed ever again.

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Samuel after getting kicked out of school for being destructive and non-cooperative, decides that his mother must read to him. He pulls out a seemingly childish fairy-tale pop-up book called Mister Babadook. As she reads the tale she notices that the story is way more adult then it’s led to believe. Mister Babadook is a monster that if you are aware of him, he will engulf/eat you take over your body and kill everyone in the vicinity. Yay! That seems reasonable.

So, Amelia now away that Babadook is a monster starts to lose her mind even more than what the viewers thought possible. I have to say here that so far an hour of my life has been sucked away by a screaming, annoying child and now I’m watching as the mother of said child completely loses it. I want to join her. I really do. The child eventually calms down enough that you start to actually care if he lives and you watch as the Babadook takes over Amelia.

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Samuel in his annoying little way has created monster killing weapons, that doesn’t kill the monster at all but annoys it. THERE IS AN UNNECESSARY ANIMAL DEATH in the film that almost made me turn off the film. It was a long, hard watch, but I finally reached the end and you realize ****SPOILER**** that Babadook is just the emotion grief that Amelia was never able to feel because she was trying to be strong for Samuel. She locks it up in the basement after a tedious battle, she keeps it there with her husbands items and feeds it.

I may not have liked this film for the content, but the story, acting, and even the visuals were really well-done. It did not deserve the title of best horror film to come out in 2014 but it can be called a great Arthouse horror film. I feel like the slow-burn, annoying kid, and the monsters not well-hidden personification was a kink in the film.

I give this film 5.5 slowly opening closet doors out of 10.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil – Horror Movie

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010) was directed by Eli Craig. Written by Eli Craig and Morgan Jurgenson.  Starring Tyler Labine (Reaper), Alan Tudyk (Firefly), Katrina Bowden, and Jesse Moss (The Uninvited, Ginger Snaps, Final Destination 3).

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

Ever want to know what a reverse of a horror film would be like. The most hilarious as hell comedy horror to have been ever created. There are amazing accidentally comedy horrors out there like Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 which were meant to be serious with hints of comedy that turned almost all comedy and then there is this masterpiece.

Tucker and Dale are two rednecks that are finally getting some time to go out to their “fishing cabin” and get a vacation. On the way to their cabin they stop at a gas station, in which also a group of suburbanite teenagers also have stopped at. Dale develops an instant connection to Allison, but it appears to be mostly one-sided. The teenage girls offer their disdain to their male co-campers about the “hill-billies” that was staring at them.

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From this point it is seriously one confused mixed-up step after another to create the ultimate laugh that is well deserved. After Tucker and Dale go fishing at night, they are caught watching Allison change and as she jumps into the same lake, she hits her head and almost drowns. The teenagers only see Tucker and Dale pulling what appears to be her lifeless body into their boat and drive off.

The teenagers then one by one accidentally as they are attempting to get Allison’s body back, kill themselves. But with each death, Tucker and Dale attempt to stop them only making it look more and more like they were the ones killing the kids.

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Soon the police get involved and even that doesn’t go right. All the while Tucker and Dale unwittingly try to help prevent the deaths of everyone. Finally one of the teens displays a vicious nature (you learn that he is “part hill-billy”) in which he wants to kill Allison, Tucker, and Dale.   There is final battle that ensues in a lumberyard, the graphics, practical and CG are beautifully done. The story is brilliant and the acting is incredibly masterful. Not only are you able to relate to the characters, but you root for Dale, Tucker, his dog, and Allison to win out.

Cabin in the woods, dark humor, hillbilly rednecks, guns, wood-chippers, gore, unintentional violence, and well deserved beers; this movie was so well done that a sequel is not required but desperately wanted.

I give this film 9.5 “well deserved beers” because it should have only the finest.

Pontypool – Horror Movie

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Pontypool (2008) was directed by Bruce McDonald. Written by Tony Burgess and starring Stephen McHattie (The Strain, Hellmouth, The Lizzy Borden Chronicles, 12 Monkeys, etc), Lisa Houle (no name actor), and Georgina Reilly (also not really in anything).

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

I watched this film years ago, maybe about 6 or so months after it’s release. It’s my go-to film when telling people about amazing horror that have come out. Pontypool is original for a “zombie” film. In that I’m not sure that they are even zombies persay. It is a beautifully written and well-acted allegory for how words can spread. The plot seems to be mostly contained in a radio station in Ontario, but soon after the virus spreads we are taken to the suburbs and outskirts to see how it affects the locals.

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Stephen McHattie plays Grant Mazzie, the local radio DJ. He’s definitely got the persona of a shock-jock and really takes to irritating his co-workers in that style. The entire film focuses on him and the radio station. In this case the station looks to be a sound room in the middle of a warehouse, but strangely it works. Pontypool is named after the town in Ontario that the film is set in. The uniqueness of this film is in Bruce McDonald, the director of the film, has said that the victims of the virus are to be called “conversationalists,” as opposed to “zombies”.  There appears to be three stages to this virus, which are displayed in the film. The first stage is the conversationalists might begin to repeat a word. The word gets stuck and usually it’s words that are terms of endearment, like sweetheart or honey. The second stage is their language becomes scrambled and they stop expressing themselves properly. The third stage is that the conversationalists become so distraught at their own condition that the only way out of the situation is to try and chew their way through the mouth of another person.

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This is a powerful movie and surprisingly it deserves to be up there with the likes of Night of the Living Dead and other classics, because it sets a stage. In the film, when it is realized that the virus is spread through words, the act of silence because paramount. The film isolates the main character away from his co-workers and slowly engulfs everything around him, leaving nothing in its wake but the conversationalists.

I believe that this film is a story more about our society and our needs to express ourselves no matter the outcome. Despite our freedom of speech, sometimes we don’t realize that words can be poison and can eat through a person into their very being(soul). This film also displays how “rumors” are like viruses and can spread. To think that now with the internet and all the other means that we have available with YouTube, Tumblr, Podcasts, Vimeo, and so much more, society offers an infinite amount of options for communicating with others. If there was a virus that would spread through words, would/could it be transferred through these mediums? I surely think that it could.

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The film had an small budget with only a little over 32 thousand dollars, but it gives the impact of the Blockbusters that appear now a-days. Actually I believe that this film has done way better than most of our main-stream horror that has come out since.

I give this film a full 10 bloody headphones! I truly loved this film and wish everyone would give it a chance. It’s independent and strong.