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Now on Netflix: The Babadook

by Elizabeth Glauser on May 11, 2015

The BabadookThe Australian horror film The Babadook recently made its way to the Netflix streaming library and the space under your bed will never be the same. The movie follows Amelia as she tries to soothe her son’s constant night terrors. When a mysterious book appears in the boy’s room, the story’s monster becomes real. The titular creature haunts the boy, making him increasingly hard to pacify and the mother soon follows suit. What follows is proof of the horror genre’s ability to create a true piece of art, while maintaining genuine scares.

The film’s director, Jennifer Kent, made the look and feel of the film a major priority, originally wanting to shoot the entire thing in black and white. While the classic coloring was eventually scrapped, the film still manages to maintain that feeling with sets that are dramatic, claustrophobic and dark. The art department must have gotten a good share of the film’s small budget because their gothic beauty is essential to bringing the Babadook itself to life. The attention to atmosphere pays off with an eerie feel that adds to the story as well as the dread.

The movie’s monster could have walked straight out of the background of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The surreal sight of this nightmare creature is made even more menacing by the fact that the audience might never get a clear look at it. Less is definitely more and I promise you’ll wonder whether the Babadook even exists, while simultaneously being terrified of it.

The titular ‘Babadook’ follows the mother son duo everywhere. Nowhere is safe – from the car, to the neighbor’s house to under the covers. Creeping into their lives and slowly gaining a hold of their sanity.

The Babadook also explores some of the dark depths of psychology, using the monster as a manifestation of grief, frustration and depression. Combined with a severe lack of sleep, the world of the characters becomes even more terrifying. As the mother’s desperation and frustration grow, so does the strength of the monster. With such a basis in the psychology of these characters, the audience is left to wonder, is this real or only a waking nightmare?

Whether searching for proof of horror’s artistic merit or looking to be genuinely creeped out, this is one to add to the Netflix queue.

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Season one of Halt and Catch Fire ended with Gordon’s dream turning into a nightmare, Joe searching for himself in the woods and Cameron and Donna teaming up to start Mutiny. This AMC series has created incredible traction of late and is set to premiere just two weeks after the infamous Mad Men closes its doors forever.

Halt is set in Texas in the 1980s during the second wave of personal computer innovation. Scoot McNairy, Lee Pace, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishe star in the drama and James Cromwell will have a recurring role in the upcoming season.

In our exclusive Scene interview with Scoot McNairy, he said fans should expect to see Gordon more comfortable in his own skin. The facial hair department is up in the air but we should see his beard come and go as the season progresses.

Watch a single-take sequence of Halt and Catch Fire here courtesy of /film. Also, the first season of Halt and Catch Fire will hit Netflix on April 8.

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Scenecast-logo1400When Tom Magliozzi died, I didn’t feel anything. Condolences were popping up on Facebook and Twitter, but I didn’t know who he was. Until I heard his voice. For decades, he was half of “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers,” the fake names of two real brothers who hosted NPR’s Car Talk.

I knew exactly who he was. The sound of his voice carried with it so many memories. Of working on cars and tractors with my dad. Of painting houses with my brothers. Of trekking across the country on vacation with my family. Of stacking boxes during my summer job. I could repeat twenty jokes Tom told over the years and rattle off the fake credits at the end of his show without even trying. He was someone I had a strong connection with, and yet, I didn’t know his name and had never seen his face.

When Tom died in November, we’d already been developing the SceneCast for months. But his death reminded me of how powerful the spoken word can be. I invited him into my childhood, my teenage years and on vacation with my brother only a few weeks ago.

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The best part is this: it’s free and you can take it with you. If you’ve got a smart phone, you can stream the SceneCast wherever you go. Take celebrity trainer Aaron Williamson with you while you’re at the gym. Take Shane West with you to Mardi Gras. Bring me, Beth Burvant and David Draper with you while shopping. Whether working, mowing the lawn or avoiding your in-laws, the SceneCast is the best way to get you through the day until you can get to the movie theater, or curled up on the couch to knock out some Netflix.

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