The Babadook vs. It Follows
Which one did you think was better and why. Personally I think that while It Follows is definitely more original (and for some people originality always wins), I think Babadook was a better movie as a whole.
Babadook didn't interest me in the slightest. It was boring. It Follows felt genuine. It relied on anxiety and not spooky darkness. It creeped you out because it was the inevitable fear of it's going to catch up.
I'd rather see him on the roof just staring blankly than a being coming out of the dark. One screams original, the other screams, we're doing it again.
It Follows did have a stupid fucking scene and that was the pool scene. Who the FUCK thought that was a good idea?
>awesome, uncomfortable first half and shit, generic, loud "le mindfuck XD" second half
>tense, unique, creepy from start to finish except for maybe a few silly scenes
I'd give babadook a 4/10 and it follows an 8/10. it's amazing to me that people liked babadook after that terrible LOUD NOISES AND SCREAMING ending.
To me it would seem The Babadook is an examination of post traumatic stress disorder. In short mental illness, brought on by severe trauma. That it was released in Australia during Australia's official "Year for Mental Health", in no small way, attributes to its subject matter. I think the producers wanted to make a straight drama about trauma but probably felt pressured to contemporise the subject matter into something more marketable, and therefore, profitable. When I watched the film I got a very keen sense of the mental health issues it was trying to get through.
While the consensus is clear at this point:
Personally I watched Babdook with a friend to laugh at it. It was bad.
I also didn't really like It Follows, as it was kind of slow, but it was an interesting premise at least.
Critique using handy words like "shit"
Both were Meh.
both had an interesting premise,
Babadook had really unlikeable characters,
It follows was pretty solidly boring, the only good gimmick was the "you can't see it" thing,
Otherwise who's the thing? well duh, it's the slow, non-main characters.
The ending to babadook was cute, I like that it never goes away.
It follows felt like a LOW budget movie.
I think the Babadook could've been better if they never gave the monster a face. The best horror monsters are ones where you can never totally comprehend their form. If the Babadook was always slightly obscured that would have been better. Also if the symbolism of the Babadook wasn't so obvious.
It really just depends on how you compare the two movies. If you compare them in the sense of which one is inherently scarier, then babadook would most likely win.
Considering that it follows was meant to be more of a throwback movie to classic horror movies like The thing, with its own special taste on it. Which means that it was full of cliques doing such, which could be a downfall because that means at times it was predictable instead of scary
Now with the Babadook it has a completely different atmosphere. That of something that is like a suspense film seeing this woman lose her sanity though out the movie only for it to have a monster (Babadook) to be that of a Red Herring where it makes the things she does understandable because she was being controlled by this monster, but in my opinion the babadook was just figment of her imagination, and was an excuse of sorts to do these reprehensible things with the belief that it was this monster, and not her.
Ultimately though, its just personal preference between the two
>Btw I preferred it follows because it felt alot like The Thing which is my favorite movie
I should also say that I thought both movies were horribly overhyped. Film critics now LOVE the standard "This is the best/scariest horror film of the last 40 years!!!!1111"
Also, It Follows has a very original premise, but some people are acting like that's all you need for your movie to be superior.
Damn right. Reminded me of the soundtrack to Drive in all its glorious hipsterness. Nothing wrong with that though.
Babadook - kid won't shut the fuck up, not enough emphasis on lame monster, ending sucks
It Follows - stupid ass AIDS allegory, almost creepy but just does not manage to deliver, not memorable at all
both suck, find a better movie
I thought it was good because i laughed at it. Scariest scene in the movie was the babadooks form after he takes off his silly disguise in the storybook. Fucking blue balled by that lame ass pov shit.
It was fantastic, the last like minute of the movie killed it for me though.
I didn't like It Follows, there's a difference between slow burning and just boring. It Follows was the latter.
The reviews I read didn't seem promising, so many of them were people saying the kid was so annoying that they hated him more than they were actually afraid of anything. But that makes me curious. Just how annoying is he? In this way even bad movies can trick me into watching them.
Those two prople said the Babadook was "shit" and "fucking garbage". Thatd your typical millenial film critique right there.
Really? Shit? Fucking garbage? Not even "it was bad" or "I didnt like it".
I would really love to see those two anons post their own personal ranking if horror movies. If they think the Babadook was "shit" and "fucking garbage", what would they put at #1???
As I said, millennials... Dont let anything you read keep you from watching any movie.
I just watched it, and I agree that the kid was awful. But I came around to him by the end of the movie. It had, like, two jump scares, but the real horror of the movie is how hard this lady's life has spiraled out of control. The babadook at least had a nice visual thing going on. I don't regret watching it at least.
If we're just rating it by which movie got their point across better I'd say Babadook was the better movie simply because it followed the stages of grief so well and wasn't blatantly shoving its meaning down your throat.
It Follows wasn't a bad movie and it did get it's point across but all I got out of it when I was watching it was "Wow that kid /really/ wants to dick that chick"
I liked It Follows for the most part because the characters actually acted in a logical manner. They did probably the best things one could do in that situation, unlike almost every other horror movie. The Babadook was just another horror movie, not bad not great.
The babadoook was great, a good watch and a better film i would say.
It Follows, however, was good too and people often miss the underlying meaning. The film is about either shame, sin or (the least fun answer) an std. The ghost is passed through sex and as the film goes on every sexual encounter becomes more lackluster and degrading for the couple. Interesting premise, good watch but ive got to say babadook is the best
it follows was goofy but a solid movie. i enjoyed the atmosphere and music the most.
i really liked how the babadook dealt with grief, ptsd, etc. it wasnt necessarily scary, but if you look at it for the metaphor it's great.
Oh I'm referring to these reviews. But yeah that's what they're more or less saying.
Thanks! Maybe I will give it a shot tonight.
haven't seen it follows but the babadook was pretty dumb
>beginning pretty atmospheric and creepy
>the art style in the book is great and really creepy
>think "it looks like creepy monkey demon"
>the mom starts seeing the 'babadook', its literally just some middle-aged dude in a hat
>twist spoiler/mama IS THE BABADOOK!!spoiler/
>no wait nvm babadook is actually real and now hes our pet lol
Yes. This is why I could not take it seriously.
It's a good story but I think they focused too much on her mental state which really gave it away.
My dad liked it. But he likes mindless movies and takes everything at face value so...
Babadook was cool, I think the kid and mother were very unique characters who made you feel what they were feeling. The ending sucked though and it was really boring.
It Follows felt like some campy anti sex propaganda, I have no idea why it got so popular. It felt fake deep and the ending was the worst.
Babadook was better I'd say, but I wish it stuck to portraying mental illness instead of going down the path it did with the babadook being "real".
Well It Follows certainly takes a lot of notes from the original Halloween. The soundtrack, the camera movements, and even the complete lack of adult characters are a homage to Halloween.
I'm really liking these parts where she hides under the covers. An adult hiding under the covers is crazy. Surely once you grow up you realize it's the worst thing to do and only increases anxiety but it makes for great tension in a horror movie.
I also want to add that a lot of people complained that the kid was too annoying but I think that was the point. The movie wanted you to feel the same stress the mother is feeling so wanting to slap the kid means the movie did well. The kid made me sad because he really truly loves his mother and is worried about her, but again he's so annoying!
When he pushed that girl out of the treehouse I thought that little bitch deserved it. She was saying horrible things to that poor kid and completely crossed the line. The kid needs some help and behavioral training, the mother needs intense therapy and medication.
Well, I think the point they're trying to get across is not that the monster lives with them as a pet in the basement, but rather that "you can't get rid of the Babadook", as the book says, because it represents your own personal grief and that always will be a part of you.