Welcome Offbeaters! Ready to not sleep tonight?

No?

Well, uh, too bad?

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, the media recommendation this week is something on the horror side. But not just any horror movie, trust me. This is the best horror movie I’ve ever watched, and one of the best movies I’ve ever watched, period. Its also heavily involved with psychological thriller-ness as well, and it’s brilliant and meaningful. What could this great movie be?

Well, The Babadook, of course.

Now I know what you’re thinking. It’s such a silly title. How can it be so scary?

Trust me, watch it and you’ll get it.

The premise of the story is that a single mother and widower, Amelia, is living alone with her son, Samuel, after his father dies the night he is born. Amelia struggles greatly with the loss of her husband and as Samuel ages he struggles with her preoccupation, acting out and being troubled by nightmares. One night, when reading to Samuel before bed, he pulls out a book she doesn’t recognize and asks to read it. After reading the eerie book though, their lives are altered forever.

Now, not only is the creepiness done masterfully, but so is the scenery, imagery, story, and even meaning. Yes, folks, a horror movie with a deeper meaning. Trust me, I was hella impressed and floored as well. As it does not ruin the story aspect or scares one bit, I can safely tell you guys the whole movie is an allegory for grief and depression. And it’s done damn brilliantly.

It’s really a trip for me, because the movie is one of the few I’ve ever watched that sincerely terrifies me, but I love it so I suffer for art.

And The Babadook itself is terrifying so just, you all deal with that yourself if you watch it. I won’t spoil much about the great portrayal, but just be prepared.

The movie is smart and well-done, and very offbeat (It’s called The Babadook and isn’t as well known, do we need much else explanation?) so of course I recommend everyone watch it. It may be scary, but it’s an experience and also a great way to see how great horror movies can be. Because sometimes in the slew of Paranormal Activities and Purges its hard to remember that horror movies aren’t just jump-scares and dumb characters.

So if you have some free time and a Netflix account, go check it out. It’s worth the fright.

Be safe, don’t let it in, and stay weird.

Media Recommendation #16: Crazy Scares at The Offbeat

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