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The Babadook -- 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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (Cast overview, first billed only)

Essie Davis ... Amelia

Noah Wiseman ... Samuel

Hayley McElhinney ... Claire

Daniel Henshall ... Robbie
Barbara West ... Mrs. Roach

Benjamin Winspear ... Oskar (as Ben Winspear)
Chloe Hurn ... Ruby
Jacquy Phillips ... Beverly (as Jacqy Phillips)
Bridget Walters ... Norma
Annie Batten ... Old Woman in Corridor
Tony Mack ... Principal
Carmel Johnson ... Teacher

Tiffany Lyndall-Knight ... Supermarket Mum (as Tiffany Lyndall Knight)
Lucy Hong ... Supermarket Little Girl
Sophie Riggs ... Checkout Chick
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1 surround)

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The classic Italian Horror film Black Sabbath (1963) directed by Mario Bava can be seen on the TV at one instance. The following scene is of close resemblance to the aforementioned film.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
The Babadook:[from trailer] Ba-ba-ba... dook! Dook! DOOOOOKH!See more »
Movie Connections:
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565See more »

167 out of 211 people found the following review useful.
Genuine terror, 15 May 2015
Author: Andrew Gold from United States

The Babadook isn't for the mainstream crowd. If you're looking for jump scares and scary monsters you wont find any here. The Babadook is a movie that taps into the basal emotion of fear. It portrays the truly terrifying things in life - grief, loneliness, and despair. Not things that freak you out but things that make you unsettled, disturbed, and human.

The acting is fantastic, the story itself is unique and told brilliantly through its subtle writing and directing, it's very well paced, I could go on and on. What I love about this movie especially is the suspense. There is always tension present throughout the movie, like there's an underlying unease to every shot. The way Jennifer Kent crafts these shots is bleak and macabre but not to the point where it's depressing. You're always on the edge of your seat. And I can't give enough credit to Essie Davis. Her performance is Academy Award worthy material, seriously. The son is great as well. At first he may seem obnoxious, and to an extent he is, but he acts exactly how a kid would act in that situation. You believe him. You believe everything these characters are doing, and that's what makes this movie work so well.

The Babadook really is one of the best horror movies I've seen in a long time and I've seen a lot. Is it scarier than The Conjuring or Sinister? I wouldn't say that, but that depends entirely on your definition of scary. This movie explores the more disturbing and realistic side of the genre, I'd say it's more haunting than said movies for sure. It's psychological horror at its finest. It actually gets under your skin, and when a movie can do that, it has done its job.

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