My husband and I just finished binge-watching season 6 of Game of Thrones. Don’t worry. No spoilers here if you haven’t seen it, but let me just say –
IT. WAS. AWESOME.
So where does the post title come in? Well, this season had a new recurring character played by Australian actress, Essie Davis.
Ms. Davis stars in The Babadook as Amelia, an exhausted mother to a – let’s just say – very special child named Samuel. After seeing her in Game of Thrones, I just really wanted to watch the movie again. So that’s exactly what I did yesterday morning.
Davis is amazing in this movie, and although little Samuel really annoys the living crap out of me in the first half, I’ve got to say that Noah Wiseman does really well in his role, too. Mr. Babadook himself is a remarkably scary figure, bringing to life childhood fears of the boogeyman and making this one of the scariest movies in recent memory.
So let’s count down the 5 scariest moments of The Babadook:
5) The First Reading
Samuel chooses this book for his mother to read to him one night, and we’re first introduced to the incredibly creepy titular Babadook. Although this scene doesn’t happen very far into the movie, you’re already well aware that the little guy has some problems, so when Amelia starts to read the story, the tension is heightened because you know this isn’t going to end well. And it sure doesn’t, leaving Samuel a crying mess and Amelia yet again beaten down by life.
4) The Second Reading
The book shows up at their house after Amelia has shredded it and put it in the trash bin. When Amelia reads through it again, there are new pages added to show the probably fate of Amelia, Samuel, and Bugsy, their adorable little dog. And then the phone rings. When Amelia answers, all she hears is the word “Babadook” spoken in a creaky, creepy voice.
3) The Chase
Amelia has been possessed by the Babadook after letting him in and chases Samuel about the house after killing Bugsy. Her eyes are crazed, and her hands are out to her sides and curved into claws, mimicking the Babadook’s stance. When she yells at Sam, her voice morphs from her soft-spoken tone to a deep, menacing one.
2) The Bedroom Battle
Just when you think everything’s okay, little Samuel reminds us that you can’t get rid of the Babadook right before he’s pulled upstairs by an invisible force. Amelia runs after him and faces her fears by screaming at the Babadook, materializing in the dark side of her bedroom, to leave them alone.
1) The Fireplace
My favorite scene of this movie is when Amelia is running from the Babadook and ends up in a heap by the fireplace. The Babadook’s hat falls from the chimney, and Amelia lurches away from the fireplace. Her terrifying, slow crawl creates such tension in the scene. Gets me every time.