‘One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years… awards-quality lead
work from Essie Davis’
‘How terrific to find a crowd-pleasing chiller that wants to do more than make you jump – to move your heart and your head, rather than just your body’
Mark Kermode, The Observer
Jennifer Kent’s acclaimed, unsettling chiller The Babadook stars Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), as a grief-stricken mother who is desperately trying to bring up her troubled son the best she can, will a new book be the answer to his sleep woes, or is it the beginning of an unimaginable nightmare?
Following the violent death of her husband on the day their son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) was born, Amelia struggles with his erratic behaviour, and is still battling with the never-ending grief. Refusing to celebrate Samuel’s birthday as it’s inextricably linked to such a traumatic time, life is a struggle and the one person who’s always been there for her, her sister’s (Hayley McElhinney) patience iswearing thin.
As Samuel’s seventh birthday approaches his fears get worse, he’s convinced a monster is coming to get them, and he won’t settle, no matter how many bedtime stories he’s told. When an intriguing storybook appears on the bookshelf, Samuel becomes convinced that the Babadook is the monstrous creature he’s always feared and as Amelia senses the ominous presence herself, she slowly begins to unravel.
- Audio Commentary by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson
- This Is My House!: an interview with Essie Davis
- The Sister: interview with Hayley McElhinney
- Don’t Let It In: an interview with Kristina Ceyton
- Conjuring Nightmares: an interview with Kristian Moliere
- Shaping Darkness: an interview with Simon Njoo
- If It’s in a Name or in a Look: interview with Alex Holmes
- The Bookmaker: an interview with Alexander Juhasz
- Ba-Ba-Ba…Dook!: an interview with Jed Kurzel
- Monster: short film
- They Call Him Mister Babadook: The Making Of
- There’s No Place Like Home: Creating the House
- Special Effects: Stabbing Scene
- The Stunts
- Illustrating Evil: Creating the Book
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