The Babadook

Australia | 2014 | 93 mins | English
Drama | Horror | Thriller

One Screening Only
Date: Friday September 26th, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
The Broadway Theatre
$10 (Admittance restricted to persons over 18)
Film contains sequences of disturbing violence, language and some sexuality.
Certifications:    Ireland:15A / UK:15

Director: Jennifer Kent
Screenplay: Jennifer Kent
Cast: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
Producer(s): Kristian Moliere
Company: Entertainment One

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Synopsis

From breakthrough writer-director Jennifer Kent comes the creepy psychological horror movie THE BABADOOK that has received an explosion of acclaim following its world premiere at Sundance 2014. The film tells of a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, who battles with her son’s night time fear of a shadowy monster. But soon, she discovers a sinister presence is lurking in the house.

With echoes of past and contemporary classics like Rosemary’s Baby, The Tenant, The Exorcist, The Omen and Let the Right One In, the film is an immaculately crafted tale starring Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman. The supporting cast includes Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

Awards

  • Nominated Best of Puchon at Puchon International Film Festival 2014
  • Won Best Feature Film Special Jury Prize at Gérardmer Film Festival 2014

Buzz

“I’m no fan of horror movies but this one delivers a convincingly powerful study in domestic havoc. ” – Sydney Morning Herald

“So much more interesting and idiosyncratic than most horror films (whether from Japan or Australia or America), The Babadook is original and compelling ” – Urban Cinefile

“…The Babadook is a smart, respectful horror that puts character and emotional issues first, yet never at the cost of a delightful and haunting fright.” – The Playlist

Programmer’s Opinion

Low key, creepy and disturbing movies are my sweet spot. THE BABADOOK hits each of these aspects and it also comes with added bonus of dramatic punch. The first seven years of Samuel’s (Noah Wiseman) life have not been easy. His father died in a car crash while rushing Samuel’s mother Amelia (Essie Davis) to the delivery room. The weight of his death has brought a depression to Amelia who cannot even bear celebrate Saumuel’s birthday.  Samuel in turn acts out violently and has taken to building homemade weapons.  Each night Amelia reads a book to Samuel until the night when they discover a book called “Mr. Babadook” on one of their shelves. The children’s book contains visual imagery that terrifies Samuel and draws out nightmares in Amelia. Slowly their life begins to completely disintegrate with their only chance of survival is if they can come to terms with the tragedies of their life.

THE BABADOOK drew me in with the compelling story and with the excellent acting by Essie Davis but even more so with the acting done by Noah Wiseman. Wiseman pulls off the very difficult role of being someone who has had his life ripped away from him by an accident for which he was not responsible. He is not to blame but the weight of never knowing his father and the circumstances of the death has formed him into a complex compelling character. While I really want to praise both actors I don’t want to downplay the scares within the movie. Once I was drawn in by the drama and the acting I was on the edge of my seat with the scares. THE BABADOOK will terrify you! – John Allison

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