A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.

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Jennifer Kent

Writer:

Jennifer Kent
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Cast

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Essie Davis ... Amelia Vanek
Noah Wiseman ... Samuel
Hayley McElhinney Hayley McElhinney ... Claire
Daniel Henshall ... Robbie
Barbara West ... Mrs. Roach
Ben Winspear Ben Winspear ... Oskar
Chloe Hurn Chloe Hurn ... Ruby
Jacquy Phillips Jacquy Phillips ... Beverly (as Jacqy Phillips)
Bridget Walters Bridget Walters ... Norma
Annie Batten Annie Batten ... Old Woman in Corridor
Tony Mack Tony Mack ... Principal
Carmel Johnson ... Teacher
Tiffany Lyndall-Knight ... Supermarket Mum (as Tiffany Lyndall Knight)
Lucy Hong Lucy Hong ... Supermarket Little Girl
Sophie Riggs 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, 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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Where there is imagination, there is darkness and from within that darkness lurks a being of unfathomable terror ... close to home. See more »


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Trivia

The film became a meme and symbol for the LGBTQ community after Netflix accidentally placed it under "LGBT movies." See more »

Goofs

(at around 31 mins) Samuel pushes the girl out of the tree house backwards, yet she somehow falls forward. See more »

Quotes

Amelia: [Amelia is driving Sam home from his aunt's house] Where did you get those firecrackers?
Samuel: You got them for me on the internet!
Amelia: [livid] Well, that's the end of the internet.
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Referenced in The Great North: Avocado Barter Adventure (2021) See more »

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Music from 'No! No! A Thousand Times No!'
Written by George Steiner
Published by Famous Music/Sony/ATV Music Publishing Pty Ltd
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A meditation on grief
26 October 2019 | by ExiledRoyalSee all my reviews

The Babadook surprised me on two counts.

First, as someone who doesn't often get the warm fuzzies at spooky films, this did. It's a well acted, believable account of a mum and child being haunted by a seemingly malevolent 'thing'. Effective jumps and creeping tension are handled well.

But I was surprised again by the end, as I came away seeing it as an allegory for deep grief and a way through it. I found it quite moving, the mum finding a place for that darkness, finally taking control of it.


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Country:

Australia | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Babadook See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,007, 30 November 2014

Gross USA:

$964,413

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,312,540
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Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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