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The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 28 November 2014 (USA)
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A widowed 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Amelia
... Samuel
... Claire
... 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
... Supermarket Mum (as Tiffany Lyndall Knight)
Lucy Hong ... Supermarket Little Girl
Sophie Riggs ... Checkout Chick


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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Don't let it in. See more »


Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

28 November 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Babadook  »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,007, 28 November 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$924,279, 8 February 2015
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Sound Mix:

| (5.1 surround)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to writer and director Jennifer Kent, the Babadook was designed based on stills from the lost film London After Midnight (1927) starring Lon Chaney. See more »


Samuel pushes the girl out of the tree house backwards, yet she somehow falls forward. See more »


Amelia: [after Sam has snooped around in his father's crawlspace] All your father's things are down there!
Samuel: He's my FATHER! You don't own him!
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Referenced in The Babadook: Interviews with the Cast (2014) See more »


Music from 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers'
Written by Miklós Rózsa
Published by Famous Music/Sony/ATV Music Publishing Pty Ltd
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Whether you like it or not , this movie will take you places you don't want to go.
29 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's not a typical horror movie and that's also what makes it great. There are some bad reviews here but what I always do is check out the reviewers... I pick one that said the film was horrible and one that said it was great. A quick check on their profile and looking at their other reviews helps give me some perspective on their taste. For example one of the bad reviewers on here enjoyed the movie Jessabelle. While not an awful movie. It's also a movie for dumb people. Simple and easy to understand and nothing really spectacular goes on. The acting is mediocre and the script predictable. It's like a high school film. She also gave Night at the Museum 10 stars. So you can tell she is probably a teenager. I do that with just about every movie I watch on Netflix. To help me not waste time. It's amazing because there are a ton of great movies that get average ratings here, and a ton of average movies that get really high ratings here. Like The Conjuring. That got very high ratings and it just wasn't that great. It was good but not a stand out. America has really really bad taste in film. Actually, in just about every genre of art. We have zero culture , and the rest of the world considers us it's blonde cousin for a reason. We are the dumbest nation in the world. But if a movie gets really high reviews here and those reviews are overwhelmingly good, you can bet it's a pretty good movie. At the least well made and entertaining. This movie stands out for a few reasons and here are the reasons it stood out for me . Because it is totally original. And it's so candid about parenthood.. Any parent can relate to this film, esp if they have kids with "issues" or that have been through a lot in their small lives. It captured perfectly the slightly troubled child. I too think that it showed what I know I've experienced as a single mom with two kids .. That need for space that you just don't get. The need for adult interaction that you also don't get if you don't allow yourself it. So there is a deep well here for character study and relationship dynamics.. I mean deep as in horror movies. So, on top of that the movie is freaky and strange and frightening . This is by far way more of a mind f*** than any Rob Zombie movie for me. A lot of people Really appreciate that kind of movie , like The Hills Have Eyes. They want the most disturbing , cruel , disgusting things to watch. I'm not them . I have to believe a movie for it to be put in the good box. Although those movies are entertainment , they also are like a prank in a way . Like all the directors got together for a game of Spin the Bottle and the ones that made like the Texas Chainsaw films asked for Dare. This movie isn't going to appeal to kids. , isn't going to appeal to the Hills Have Eyes fan club, the people that don't like to expend any energy on thinking , or just in general have short and shallow attention spans that they really a can't focus on anything that isn't doing something horrible is happening.

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