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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.

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Jennifer Kent

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Jennifer Kent
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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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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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You can't get rid of . . . The Babadook. See more »

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Drama | Horror

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Trivia

In a few scenes where the Babadook is present, a sound effect from "Warcraft II" (Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995)/Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (1996)), a computer game by Blizzard, can be heard. The effect was a calling response of dragons in the point and click strategy game. See more »

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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 »

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Claire: It must be difficult. I do volunteer work with some disadvantaged women and a few of them have lost their husbands and they find it very hard.
[Amelia's eyes fill with tears and she stares off into the void, ignoring the conversation]
Claire: How's Richard's merger going?
Eastern Suburbs Mum: Oh, good. I mean, his workload's just ballooned. I've got the kids 24/7, it feels like!
Claire: Tell me about it! I don't even have time to go to the gym anymore! It's ridiculous!
Amelia: [loud, sarcastic and hostile] That's a real tragedy! Not having time...
[...]
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Connections

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Written by Alan Bristow
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The scariest "children's film" I have ever seen
15 January 2014 | by Cineman17See all my reviews

We are all familiar with the scenario: a young boy with an overactive imagination becomes terrified of the monster underneath his bed, and rushes to his mother for a therapeutic bedtime story. But what if this imaginary monster actually becomes real? This is the set up for a new Australian horror flick premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival entitled The Babadook. Our protagonist, Sam, is terrified of monsters. So terrified he is loosing sleep, causing trouble in class, and creating his own sinister weaponry out of household objects as a means of defense. It's enough to drive his widowed mother, Amelia, into a frantic state of paranoia. As tensions between the two escalate, a new presence called the Babadook makes it's way into the household which questions the sanity of everyone involved. The film cleverly embraces and deconstructs typical horror film conventions in order to create something new. Though it is hilariously playful and entertaining, it's also a terrifying psychological thrill in the same vein as films like Black Swan or Rosemary's Baby. Essie Davis is great as Amelia, but newcomer Noah Wiseman gives an incredibly memorable child acting performance. If you are a horror fan looking for something new, look no further than The Babadook. Just be prepared to have nightmares afterward, and remember to leave the kiddos at home for this one.


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Country:

Australia | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 2014 (USA) 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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2.35 : 1
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