Much like Paranormal Activity, I love a movie that jams its fingers into your brain and fiddles with your imagination.
The Babadook, opening here in the States on November 28, his UK cinemas on October 24 where it will scare the living shit out of anyone who sees it. Is it the scariest movie ever? No, but it’s damned good. The above clip is why I love this movie so much, mostly because it teases your imagination and forces you to – in a way – scare yourself. If you aren’t impressed with the new footage, don’t even bother seeing it. Your loss. I’m part of baba dook-dook-dook mania.
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review).
In it, “Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister 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. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.
But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.”