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The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 28 November 2014 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Jennifer Kent

Writer:

Jennifer Kent
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Essie Davis ... Amelia
Noah Wiseman ... Samuel
Hayley McElhinney Hayley McElhinney ... Claire
Daniel Henshall ... Robbie
Barbara West 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This was the debut theatrical feature film of director Jennifer Kent. 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

Amelia: [about the Babadook] Well, I'm not scared.
Samuel: You will be when it eats your insides!
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Connections

Features Carnival of Souls (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Pretty Good psychological drama/horror
18 July 2017 | by exposezSee all my reviews

the Movie starts off a bit slow in my own opinion, in the beginning there is mostly drama and no horror but that changes later on. but they build up the drama and horror quite good and mix in a quite a bit psychological fear and elements, such as the struggle of being a single mom who is struggling with the trauma of her dead husband and a quite difficult child and being judged by others and society as a parent. how the moms struggles with difficult emotions and how that blends in with the horror part later in the movie is mixed in a very smart and good way. the horror effects are fantastic.

+ the actors.

+ the the music, sound and visual horror effects (i got goosebumps several times).

  • A bit slow in beginning.


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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