The Babadook

Out Now On-Demand

If it's in a word, or it's in a look, you can't get rid of The Babadook.

Aussie horror starring Essie Davis (Matrix Revolutions) as a widowed mother trying to take care of her out of control six-year-old son, who becomes increasingly agitated with the belief that a pop-up book monster called The Babadook will kill them both. Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, making her feature debut based on her 2005 short film Monster.

"'Do you want to die?', seven-year-old Samuel (Noah Wiseman) asks his stressed-out single mother, Amelia (Davis). She wonders if his question is a threat or a warning. After dealing with Samuel’s frantic tantrums his entire life, Amelia suspects that her son has begun directing his violent misbehavior toward her. However, after a dark and foreboding children’s book called Mister Babadook mysteriously appears on Samuel’s bookshelf, Amelia must decide if her son is truly deranged, or if there really is a bogeyman lurking in their darkened halls at night... Builds up tension and dread in this damaged family’s home before introducing the terrifying possibility that something even more ominous may be stalking the dysfunctional pair." (Toronto International Film Festival)

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Rating: M Horror themes, violence, sexual reference and coarse language

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Rightly picking up plaudits across the globe, Jennifer Kent’s debut is an assured chiller that successfully piles on the dread, thanks to great casting and the creepy-as-all-hell character of the title. Mining its confined setting for maximum psychological unravelling and positioning star Essie Davis’ grieving torment front and centre, The Babadook would be a worthwhile endeavour even without the apparition responsible for its scares. But with the storybook logic propelling it, this creature’s repetitive and escalating groaning, and its shifting, constantly unsettling, physical presence, the Babadook itself taps into some welcomely vulnerable part of the psyche.

Variety (USA)

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Manages to deliver real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished.

Film Threat (USA)

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You have one entertaining and frightening experience in store.

Hollywood Reporter

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Cleverly playing off the classic fear of monsters lurking under the bed... a distinctive domestic horror story. Impressive first film has the handcrafted feel of a pre-digital shocker.

Time Out New York

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Who thinks up a film like The Babadook?... has the narrative chutzpah to show [Kent's] entire hand in the pop-up story and then make us squirm as foretold events come true.

At The Movies (Australia)

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Minimalist but very effective horror... Young Noah Wiseman is quite remarkable as the out-of-control Samuel, sweet and loving one moment, diabolical the next.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Clever, thoroughly satisfying and neatly unsettling... [it's] about a kind of haunting, but of who or what? This is the question that simmers throughout the film.

Empire (UK)

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One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years — with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade.

Total Film (UK)

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A haunting tale with deep wells of howling grief at its centre, this is one bedtime story that will stay with you for weeks. Sleep tight.

Amazing stuff

This cinema at it's finest. It is incredibly clever and never ceases to frighten. Much of the film utilises the element of suspense; a key part of any good horror. The audience are kept on their toes at all times. It is a strangely beautiful film that never stops impressing. Sometimes you wonder whether it's screwing more with you or the protagonist.

A clever piece of masterful cinema that definitely earns a recommendation from me.

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So scary

I like to be scared and this remineded me of being scared by Grandma when she used to tell me tall tales as a child! But no this was scarier and much more professional. The lead actress is very very wonderful and her capacity for emotioin is lovely to watch.