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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkgod View Post
    Im in the minority... amazing acting, some good scares, terrible ending... 6/10
    Agreed with DM about the CGI bit and you with the ending...still a solid horror experience IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkgod View Post
    Im in the minority... amazing acting, some good scares, terrible ending... 6/10


    I loved the ending, actually. Thought it made a lot of sense.

    EDIT: And the CGI didn't bother me, either.

    Watching it for the second time, it's not entirely original, but is enough of a fresh take for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountOrlok View Post


    I loved the ending, actually. Thought it made a lot of sense.

    EDIT: And the CGI didn't bother me, either.

    Watching it for the second time, it's not entirely original, but is enough of a fresh take for me.
    Perhaps i missed something.
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    Her yelling at the babadook rendered it powerless and it lived in her basement? What made sense?

    This is a serious quetsion and not a snarky remark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkgod View Post
    Perhaps i missed something.
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    Her yelling at the babadook rendered it powerless and it lived in her basement? What made sense?

    This is a serious quetsion and not a snarky remark.

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    She defeated the babadook, but remember that she continues to feed it, locked up in the basement. IE: Remember "you can't get rid of the babadook".... she will always have that dark side of her.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkgod View Post
    Perhaps i missed something.
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    Her yelling at the babadook rendered it powerless and it lived in her basement? What made sense?

    This is a serious quetsion and not a snarky remark.
    This is what I got out all of it:


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    The Babadook is just symbolism for the mother dealing with grief and loss

    During this time of year the mother always deals with a lot of grief because it's close to her son's bday, which is the anniversary of her husband's death. She often goes to the basement where the dad's items are stored to remember him by. Combine that with the stress of her job, lack of sleep, annoying toothache, and dealing with her troubled and over-imaginative son, she starts to hallucinate. It's mostly just her anger and resentment towards her son, for she feels he is the reason she lost the love of her life.

    So essentially The Babadook itself is just the mother's imagination + her craziness at the time shaping her fears and grief into something more physical. The end represents her finally getting over the grief and choosing her son over everything else, I.E. not handing over the boy to a potentially violent result of grief, and after screaming not to touch her son we see the Babadook turn into nothing but the father's clothes. The very last scene where she goes into the basement symbolizes the grief trying to sneak back up on her, but she's able to finally control it. So basically you will eventually get over the loss of someone you love, but not fully. (which is why he still lives in the basement)


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    But uh


    Spoiler...
    Why is she feeding it worms?


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    Correct me if i am wrong, but wasn't Babadook a joke about a child molester on the League?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMHead777 View Post
    But uh


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    Why is she feeding it worms?

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    Agreed. My guess is that's just her way of feeding into her sons imagination. They both thought it was real at one point, especially the boy, so maybe to help him cope with it is to believe that by feeding it in the basement it will always remain there. And when he asks when he'll be able to go down there, she responds with "maybe when you're older" or something along those lines, meaning when he's old enough to accept the truth. Of course this is simply my interpretation. What's so great about the movie is the fact that it is left up to our own interpretations, so everyone will have their own answers to the things that transpired in the film. There is no definitive answer.


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    The babadook is actually a real creature that feeds off negative emotions.

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    Fright's spoiler write up is spot on in my opinion. The underlying currents here of her actually
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    wishing it was her son that was killed

    are quite unnerving. This is true, honest-to-goodness storytelling expertly pulled off and commit to film. I think the ending is perfect, it sums it all up nicely. Really there is no other way the film should end.

    I do think the movie leaves it up to your own interpretation but it also does a great deal of hand holding for most, if not all of its audience to come up with the same answers.

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    Found the kickstarter page for this film. Some interesting info.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...f-the-babadook

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountOrlok View Post
    Found the kickstarter page for this film. Some interesting info.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...f-the-babadook
    This is how the truly talented do independent film making, atmosphere, story and remarkable actors.
    This movie is the perfect example of how less can be much more.

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    Wow, man, just got caught up on this thread and I loved Fright's spoiler write-up. Last night I was at restaurant talking to one of my friends about the film and three other couples ended up joining us and everyone took a different take on how the story played out.


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    Personally, I thought that it was the mother (and eventually her son) learning to live and deal with her schizophrenia. I got the sense that she suffered some sort of mental breakdown as a result of her husband's death and was having "episodes" each night which created the psychological effect of her son personifying her episodes as a "boogeyman" type entity. You'll notice in the beginning and middle of the movie that her son is wary of her in the morning, I took that to mean that he wasn't sure what mother he was getting.. his loving mother or the Babadook. I can't remember the exact scene (I already want to give it a re-watch) but there was a scene where the mother is alone watching TV.. her head snaps to the side and her voice is guttural, exactly the same voice that croaks "Baaabaaadoook" from behind the kid's door. Later, in the same scene as she (in her episode) is trying to get to kid's door she falters and drags her foot behind her making a stuttering, rumbling sound before she knocks on her son's door. Three times.

    Also, while the boy vehemently believes in the Babadook.. you don't ever get a sense that he "sees" the Babadook. Naturally he fears the dark and he fears the boogeyman.. but during the rare scene where the Babadook makes an appearance I never got the sense that he was actually witnessing the entity itself. Whereas the mother seems fully aware and is able to "see" the entity stalking her. Then there's that scene where she is chasing after him and he has a very specific attack planned out in advance.. he wasn't warding off the Babadook.. he was protecting himself from his mother and clearly this was not their first time in that scenario given the fact that he had a well executed plan of attack in each room. Also, the end was interesting for me.. you see the mom form kind of a protective understanding bond with the darkness, the Babadook.. I took the final scene as a very oddly beautiful scene. The mother is happy, she has made peace with her demons.. but having known schizophrenics in my own personal life.. without medication.. they continue to have these episodes. Not as full blown as whatever got them the original diagnosis.. but it's almost like an LSD flashback.. they'll have a trigger that causes them to act out or have an "episode". So I took the mom going into the basement as her having her "alone" time, her moment to act out, you'll see that she locks the basement door behind her.. why would she lock herself in a room with a monster? .. and the fact that her son gave her a bowl full of worms.. well.. if you told your kid that there was a monster in your basement that needed feeding.. what do you think he would feed it? Creepies and crawlies.



    I'll probably come back to this thread after I've watched it a second time. I want to pay to see it though, this is actually the first movie in a long time that I want to go support after having d/l'd it. I really liked the effectiveness of this movie.. just the fact that I was able to get into a deep and meaningful conversation with complete strangers in a restaurant about a movie is something special.. it was made even better by the fact that each of us (a total of 8 people) had completely different interpretations of the story.. and honestly I could see the merit in each of them.. except for the guy that theorized that the kid was the Babadook, that was just fucking stupid.

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    The movie reminded me of my relationship with my mother growing up. :lookaround:

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountOrlok View Post
    The movie reminded me of my relationship with my mother growing up. :lookaround:
    Explains a lot

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