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The Babadook

  • Starring: Barbara West, Daniel Henshall, Essie Davis, Hayley McElhinney, Noah Wiseman
  • Director: Jennifer Kent
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller, Horror
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 93 min.

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 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 he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. 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. [IFC Films]

"The finest and most genuinely provocative horror movie to emerge in this still very-new century."
- Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years — with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade."
- Kim Newman, Empire
"In an age when horror movies have mostly become lazy and toothless, here's one with ambition and bite. "
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Jennifer Kent's maternal nightmare The Babadook is the imperial stout of recent fright flicks -- it's the one that will have you walking funny and might rip into your sleep. It's hard to say that you'll enjoy this film, but it's hard not to admire it, if maybe with your eyes half shut."
- Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"The brilliance of The Babadook, beyond Ms. Kent’s skillful deployment of the tried-and-true visual and aural techniques of movie horror, lies in its interlocking ambiguities."
- A.O. Scott, NY Times

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