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The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  28 November 2014 (USA)
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A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

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Hayley McElhinney ...
Claire
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Robbie
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Benjamin Winspear ...
Oskar
Chloe Hurn ...
Ruby
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Beverly (as Jacqy Phillips)
Bridget Walters ...
Norma
Annie Batten ...
Old Woman in Corridor
Tony Mack ...
Principal
Carmel Johnson ...
Teacher
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Supermarket Mum (as Tiffany Lyndall Knight)
Lucy Hong ...
Supermarket Little Girl
Sophie Riggs ...
Checkout Chick
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Storyline

Amelia, who lost her husband in a car crash on the way to give birth to Samuel, their only child. She struggles to cope with her fate as a single mom. Samuel's constant fear of monsters and violent reaction to overcome the fear doesn't help her cause either, which makes her friends become distant. When things can not get any worse, they read a strange book in their house about the 'Babadook' monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. Even Amelia seems to feel the effect of Babadook and desperately tries in vain to destroy the book. The nightmarish experiences the two encounter form the rest of the story. Written by PipingHotViews

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If it's in a word. Or it's in a look. You can't get rid of ... The Babadook

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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28 November 2014 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$30,007 (USA) (28 November 2014)

Gross:

$924,279 (USA) (6 February 2015)
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Trivia

The name Babadook was inspired by the Serbian word for boogeyman, babaroga. See more »

Goofs

When Amelia gets the ripped up book back and looks at the new pages, the last page says (Line 3): the more you deny the (Line 4): stronger I get. Yet when the camera pans over the words on the page, the second 'the' has been cut out from the end of line three and moved to the fourth line making it (Line 4): the stronger I get. See more »

Quotes

The Babadook: You can bring me the boy. You can bring me the boy. You can bring me the boy.
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Connections

Features Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Subtle and Creepy
2 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film, its dark and unnerving without resorting to loud bangs or "found footage" style filming to get its scares.

Low budget and well shot, the film leans on the power of suggestion and tone to create a film which has a sense of unease throughout, tonally like the Exorcist, where there is this underlying feeling of dread and helplessness

The scares are not spoon fed, so this won't be for everyone, if your brand of horror is purely just modern films like Insidious or the recent Annabelle - then this might not be for you.

One of my favourite films of the year.


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