You can also support this blog and help it keep running by contributing to. Feeding grief can mean acknowledging it and the feelings that come with it. How did telling it not to harm her son drive it off? Great analysis, in line with what I took from the film. If you need a tonal touchstone, look to Polanski films such as Repulsion and The Tenant. I also found it very symbolic that Sam performed an illusion with making a white dove appear. He will never leave, because he is still a part of Amelia.
I believe these are two of last sentences which Oscar told Amelia before they had an accident. So back to the worms - why does she have Samuel collect worms for the Babadook? She is perpetuating the fantasy of her battle with the Babadook by telling Samuel she needs to feed it worms, because it's something Samuel can understand and continue to contribute to 3. With a budget so small, Kent managed to create a horror film that very much looks and feels more authentic and spooky than any horror film to come out this decade. The mother had an obvious caring relationship with old woman next door, and when the lady stated her love for the mother and son, she was no longer in her mind alone. Quite a few of them have been good; some have even been excellent; and several have had a sizeable impact on popular culture. We need fictional monsters because we have monsters living inside of us.
She promptly tears it apart because she wants to deny her issues. Related then, the child is surely the 'divine child' and perhaps other versions of child archetype- the magic tricks and battles with monsters is a dead giveaway. Which is pretty mind blowing that you can successfully make that bridge make sense. When things can not get any worse, they read a strange book in their house about the 'Babadook' monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. Great way to interpret the logic a child might use. I really enjoyed reding this analysis.
They tried to destroy the book several times and it kept coming back, so the book is clearly supernatural itself, and tied to the monster. So my question is, is the Babadook in some way meant to symbolise the father, and if so, how do we interpret certain aspects of its 'powers', such as it's ability to possess the mother? Also, who knows what kind of infant trauma could have led to Sam being prone to seizures? We see the boy do some pretty impressive and fancy magic tricks which are way too complex for his age. Jung hammered home that these archetypes are very real. The filmmakers found Noah Wiseman, who plays the young Sam, at exactly the right time in his life. It's a fantastic, beautiful, and horrifying view into the world of depression and psychosis. In traditional possession-film style, she vomits black sick before pulling herself out of the depths of her own mind to fight the invisible entity of the Babadook.
By addressing the monster directly like this, she is implicitly showing that she believes it's real, and so it loses its hold over her and retreats. Photo Courtesy: For the majority of The Babadook, a dark lighting pallet was used. It's funny then that, again true to source, many miss this aspect of the movie. She kill the son that day. The babadook arrives because it represents the painful memory, and is represented as so because her son thinks her painful memories are an actual monster.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness indicates that, whilst alternative personalities may exhibit aggressive behaviour, those who suffer from dissociative personality disorder are likely to be depressed and suicidal, so any kind of violent behaviour is much more likely to be directed internally. Also how do we interpret the ending, why must the Babadook be kept in the basement and fed worms? The idea was to let her watch and learn, and let me assure you, watch and learn she did. More often than not, too, films like this neglect to indicate the mental illness and, admittedly, so does The Babadook. In other words, rather than the Babadook being a real evil creature, the evil inside her is what drove her actions. Another unveiled reference- Houses are an often found symbol for the mind.
It's even creepier to realize she's been neglecting her kid so badly that he's starting to starve. It was almost too ethereal, like the ending of Blue Velvet. So there you have it. I disagree with a big part of your analysis. As I re-watch the movie I question what exactly is the Babadook. The film is open to intrepretation which I love. But you need quantity in order to get some quality, and the last ten years or so have seen a huge number of horror releases.
His behaviour becomes so disruptive, however, that he is kicked out of school. The acting from the mother was phenomenal and to think it was filmed on such a small budget! Sam also claims that the Babadook made his Mom crash the car so he seemed to be aware of the being. The nightmarish experiences the two encounter form the rest of the story. This scene is a metaphor of the subtext of this film of how people who are grieving never really loose the original source of their grief and depression, they just continue to grow personal strength as every day goes by. If you ignore it, it will grow stronger. Compare that list to notable horror films of the late 1980s when the genre started to go downhill in a hurry or especially the 1990s when it largely died out.