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After a rise in memes surrounding the Babadook as a gay icon, I had gotten curious about the actual movie despite not being the biggest fan of horror. Normally I prefer monster-horror with a few exceptions that either have a really good plot or isn't too gory to watch (I can stand gore if there's a good story, but films that glorifies the gore more than actually telling a story make me feel gross).

I also tend to avoid modern ghost-horror movies because I get easily paranoid if I watch a movie that gets to me so easily, like those realistic ghosts caught-on-tape-doing-demonic-shit... the best example for me being Paranormal Activity 3. When I saw it at the cinema with friends, I actually had a good time watching it and wasn't actually scared by the movie itself. However, I couldn't sleep for three days after seeing that film because my house creaks and makes noises at all hours of the night, plus my stupid brain kept thinking 'Oh shit demons. We've somehow pissed off demons and now they'll kill us in our sleep' and despite trying to reassure myself with facts and reasons - I couldn't stop giving myself a bad case of anxieties over something really really stupid. I certainly knew that I couldn't tell anyone how over-upset I got over a really dumb movie, because people will tell me that it's just a movie. Surprise surprise, I know that - you know that - but my brain being the left-over moldy walnut from god's brains-basket is being a shit and just assuming that every noise is now murderous demons. The only thing that got me over it was to remind myself that no one has ever died in this house and that no one in my family has made a deal with the devil. I got over it, but hoo whee do I still feel stupid about that.

Which is ridiculous because I do like a horror when it's done right, I just can't enjoy anything too realistic because my head insists on being like THAT.
And that kids is why I can't watch ghost horror films :D

Except the Babadook apparently lol.

So, getting back on topic, I went over to my friend's place and we watched it together expecting cheesy horror hilarity and trying to find the 'gay themes' between us two queers. Jeez, there was no hilarity.

Although we got through the movie joking randomly at scenes and going 'WTF???' at both the mother and child ("she's on the weird side of youtube via her tv", "Do not tell me the Babadook was a tooth ache this whole damn time!" and going from hating the creepy kid to fearing for the creepy kid when things went to nightmare land), I thought the last part of the movie was really well done even though it wasn't at all what I expected. My friend absolutely hated it lol - although we both agreed that the best characters were the dog and the sweet old lady living next door - which would have possibly destroyed us if anything happened to her :'D
Even though it didn't affect me while I was watching the movie, thinking about The Babadook afterwards while I was sitting on the train to go back home started to depress the fuck out of me. Of course it would hit me well after I saw it because that's what I'm like, thanks brain.
The themes for depression and grief were very strong, which hit me really hard thinking about the mum in the latter part of the film. The Babadook himself wasn't really that scary, but the mother - or rather her actions - 'scared' me more than the monster, as well as making me feel weirdly emotional about her.

I'm glad that I watched it, but it's not something that I would want to see again.

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