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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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Jennifer Kent

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Jennifer Kent
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Essie Davis ... Amelia
Noah Wiseman ... Samuel
Hayley McElhinney ... Claire
Daniel Henshall ... Robbie
Barbara West Barbara West ... Mrs. Roach
Benjamin Winspear Benjamin Winspear ... Oskar (as Ben Winspear)
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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't let it in. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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, 28 November 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$924,279, 8 February 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist (1973), said of this film, "I've never seen a more terrifying film than The Babadook (2014)." See more »

Goofs

After reading The Babadook and putting Samuel to bed, Amelia watches TV and sees a commercial for phone sex. The number is 1-900-646-EASY, which would be a US telephone number, even though the film is set in Australia. See more »

Quotes

Prue: I'm Prue and this is Warren. How are you?
Samuel: I'm a bit tired from the drugs Mom gave me...
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Connections

Remake of Monster (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Subtle and Creepy
2 November 2014 | by choosemymusicSee 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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