Horror fans are flocking to support a nightmarish modern classic
If Pluto TV and Prime Video have seen an increase in streams, it could be due to the latest Reddit debate about the 2014 horror/thriller The Babadook, which is streamed on the platforms. The soul-shattering story shows how a mother’s grief over the death of her husband can have devastating consequences for her child when a children’s book brings an eerie presence to life.
It’s a fascinating story with a number of heartbreaking twists, but many can see how it’s a metaphor for depression and the process of grief. The mother is coming to terms with her husband’s death, but is not yet fully healed. Neither does her son, who believes there is a monster in her house, a belief that is soon to be confirmed. And even though it’s been almost a decade since the film’s release, its story apparently continues to be a subject of hot debates like the one currently brewing on Reddit.
Fans have noted that while the film primarily deals with the theme of healing after the loss of a loved one, it also emphasizes the importance of coming through a shared tragedy together.
There’s one thing about this film that sets it apart from most others in the horror genre, as the supernatural entity isn’t the only focus of the story. It’s not a slasher that cuts people open just to watch them bleed. It’s a psychological thriller that delves deep into the psyche, where fear is hard to shake off.
The film also earned many brownie points for using its monster to portray Fried’s eternal presence. Does grief ever go away? A psychologist will say that grief fades with time, but only those who live with it know that it offers eternal, if fiercely unpopular, company. With his aptly presented monster, The Babadook reflects this reality perfectly.
Others referred to the prevailing opinion that the child in the film can be considered a nuisance, but once you understand the true meaning of the film buried under the usual garb of the monster haunted family plot, it’s impossible not to to relate to him.
One fan admitted the film isn’t for everyone as only a select audience resonates with its deeper themes.
The Babadook will be streamed on Pluto TV and Amazon Prime Video.
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