Who Goes There Podcast episode 31 – The Babadook

1408495006108_wps_19_The_Babadook_Movie_s_PhotA lot of great things have come out of Australia: Nick Cave, 1997’s The Ugly, Kylie Minogue’s butt. Australia’s newest export is the supernatural horror flick The Babadook! We first heard about this film over a year ago, and have been trying ever since to get our grubby little hands on. We’re joined by our buddy Cody from Three B Zine to answer the questions: Did it live up to the hype? Did we see children getting hurt through the whole movie? Did we drink a ton of beer during the movie and the recording of this episode? Grab your Fosters and Vegemite, we’re going to a land down under, it’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 31!

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3 thoughts on “Who Goes There Podcast episode 31 – The Babadook

  1. You guys were totally off base with your analysis of the babadook. The Babadook was never real. He was a manifestation of the mom’s grief that got bigger the more she suppressed it. The worms were a metaphor for her facing her loss & keeping the babadook (her depression) at bay.

    Samuel was a shit-head though

    • Assuming this is the case, why does Samuel ask her if he can see it, and she says “maybe someday”? How did the book appear and what about the things that happened to Samuel? Like the bookcase falling on him, his seizure(?) in the back of the car, talking to the Babadook at his aunts house? This theory would however make the final confrontation make a little more sense. Thanks for the comment, mind if we read it on the show?

      • The movie represent’s the boy’s attempt to explain the rage and depression that came over his mother in the way that a six year old child would. The book is not real, it’s just a thing that showed up one day out of nowhere like his mother’s mental illness. He likely uses a book as a physical manifestation of it because his mother used to write childrens’ books.

        Mom’s comment that he can see “it” when he’s older likely refers to the idea that she will explain the dark thoughts and feelings that possessed her when he’s old enough to understand.

        He can talk to it and experience it because in his mind it exists and is around whenever Mom starts acting up.

        In the parts where he is being thrown around it’s actually his mother doing those things but he refuses to accept that she would do those things to him so in his mind he creates the idea that the monster is doing it not Mom.

        The end is likely an acknowledgement that Mom has her depression largely under control but still has not banished it completely hence the line “you can never get rid of the Babadook’.

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