Cancer: The Babadook (2014) directed by Jennifer Kent
Cancer, out of all the water signs, you are the least attracted to the macabre and supernatural. I wanted to take you out of your element this month by choosing a horror film for you, it is almost Halloween, afterall. The selection process for this was easy, I recalled immediately a film that combines the hardships of motherhood, emotional depth, and a terrifying monster, The Babadook. Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut, Kent collaborated with college friend Essie Davis, who stars in the film as Amelia, a widowed caretaker and mother to Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a violent and troubled young boy. Attempting to lure Samuel into going to sleep one night, Amelia reads to him a strange book called The Babadook, which reads like very dark nursery rhyme of sorts. After this night, Samuel’s troubled behavior becomes increasingly erratic, and when questioned, he blames the Babadook for his actions. Of course Amelia is in disbelief of what she sees as a preposterous claim, that is until the Babadook begins appearing to her as well. What it as once both an excellent and fun horror flick and a delicate study of motherhood, I hope this film will entertain you, Cancer. As a Cancer, there is pressure to have a positive and strong relationship with one’s mother, but of course, not everyone has a mother, and even the best mothers are flawed. I know many Cancers who grow resentful of their mothers due to their imperfections, and I hope watching The Babadook will serve as a reminder that mothers are first and foremost humans. Mothers are messy, and that is someone we all must accept and embrace.