|starring||Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Ben Winspear|
|trailer 1||Trailer #1|
SynopsisSix years after the death of her husband, Amelia struggles to discipline here “out-of-control” six year-old Samuel –a son she finds difficult to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. And when Amelia begins to see glimpses of the creature herself, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may well be real.
Proudly bearing its various horror influences like merit badges on a sash, The Babadook is the feature debut of writer/director Jennifer Kent, a native Australian and avowed Mario Bava fan. After reading an aggressively illustrated children’s book as a bedtime story, a mother grows concerned for her increasingly disruptive son. When events take a turn toward the supernatural, she begins to question her own sanity. One part boogeyman movie, one part creepy kid movie, and one part Mario Bava homage, The Babadook is like a simple, gap-toothed jack-o-lantern––it has enough love for the horror genre to earn our respect, even if it lacks originality. …Read More