Australia | 2014 | 94 minutes | Jennifer Kent
Six years after her husband’s death, which coincided with the birth of their child, Amelia is struggling to raise her son, Samuel. When a book entitled “Mister Babadook” appears among Samuel’s possessions, it portends a chilling, spectral descent into fear and paranoia.
June 6, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
|11:55 PM||Date has passed|
June 7, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
|9:30 PM||Date has passed|
“If it’s in a word or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.” Six years after the death of her husband, which coincided with the birth of their child, Amelia is struggling to raise her son, Samuel. A disciplinary problem at school, Samuel’s behavior only gets worse after he begins to suffer from vivid, violent nightmares. But when a mysterious children’s book entitled “Mister Babadook” appears among Samuel’s possessions, it portends a chilling, spectral descent into fear and paranoia. “I’ll wager with you. I’ll make you a bet. The more you ignore me, the stronger I get.” Amelia tries to convince Samuel that there is no Babadook, even as her son’s tantrums grow more frequent and intense, drawing her own deeply troubled nature to the surface. “A rumbling sound then three sharp knocks—ba-BA-ba DOOK! DOOK! DOOK!” In her feature film debut, director Jennifer Kent crafts a frightful masterpiece that draws influence from H.P. Lovecraft, The Exorcist and Poltergeist while creating one of the creepiest movie monsters in recent memory.
Australian Jennifer Kent has worked extensively as an actress in film, theater, and television. She graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and assisted Lars Von Trier in directing his 2003 film, Dogville. The Babadook is her writing and directing debut.
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|Principal Cast:||Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West|
|Running Time:||94 minutes|
|Producer:||Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Awards:||Gérardmer Fantastic Film Festival 2014 (Audience Prize, Critics Award, Grand Jury Prize, Youth Jury Prize)|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|
|US Distributor:||IFC Midnight|
|International Sales:||eOne Entertainment International|