The Babadook

The Babadook

Director: Jennifer Kent Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Barbara West


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The Babadook

Amelia (Essie Davis), the heroine of Jennifer Kent's horror movie The Babadook, is an Australian single mother haunted by memories of her late husband's tragic death. He was in the midst of taking his very pregnant wife to the delivery room when the couple had a devastating car wreck. Mother and baby were saved; dad perished. That was six years ago. Now, as the story opens, Amelia is raising her young son Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a sweet-natured but very precocious and troubled little boy. On a nightly basis, Samuel grows convinced that monsters lurk beneath his bed, and he has even constructed homemade weapons, such as a miniature wooden catapult and crossbow, to fend off the invading enemies. His eccentric behavior alienates his schoolteachers, who insist on removing him from a group setting in the classroom in favor of a special-needs situation with a one-on-one tutor. Meanwhile, Samuel's conduct stresses Amelia to the breaking point. The situation at home grows much more bizarre when Samuel asks his mom to read to him, and produces a strange children's storybook from his bedroom shelf. Entitled "The Babadook," it's an eerie pop-up book with charcoal illustrations of a demonic figure that announces itself by knocking at the door of a house six times ("Ba-ba-ba-DOOK-DOOK-DOOK"), and then devours all who reside within. Neither Amelia nor Samuel have ever seen this volume before, nor do they know how it turned up in their home. Stranger still, it lacks an author and publishing information. The book instantly has Samuel in tears, and Amelia plans to dispose of it, but that same night, six knocks sound on the door and rattle the house...

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2015
UPC: 0826663157734
Original Release: 2014
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 8,055

Special Features

Interviews with the cast and crew; Behind the scenes; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Essie Davis Amelia
Noah Wiseman Samuel
Barbara West Mrs. Roach
Daniel Henshall Robbie
Hayley McElhinney Claire
Tim Purcell The Babadook
Tiffany Lyndall-Knight Supermarket Mom
Cathy Adamek Prue
Peta Shannon Eastern Suburbs Mom 2
Benjamin Winspear Oskar
Michael Gilmour Young Policeman 1
Adam Morgan Police Sergeant
John Maurice Car Guy
Craig Behenna Warren
Terence Crawford Doctor
Carmel Johnson Teacher
Hachi Bugsy
Michelle Nightingale Eastern Suburbs Mom 3
Pippa Wanganeen Eastern Suburbs Mom 1
Chloe Hurn Ruby
Lotte Crawford Kissing Woman
Stephen Sheehan Magician
Lucy Hong Supermarket Little Girl
Chris Roberts Kissing Man
Tony Mack Principal
Sophie Riggs Checkout Chick
Craig McArdle Young Policeman 2
Sophie Allan Fast Food Kid 5
Bridget Walters Norma
Isla Zorkovic Fast Food Kid 2
Ethan Grabis Fast Food Kid 4
Jacqy Phillips Beverly
Annie Batten Old Woman in Corridor
India Zorkovic Fast Food Kid
Charlie Crabtree Fast Food Kid

Technical Credits
Jennifer Kent Director,Screenwriter
Nikki Barrett Casting
Pete Best Associate Producer
Sue Carroll Makeup
Kristina Ceyton Producer
Jan Chapman Executive Producer
Claire Yvonne Evans Production Manager
Karen Hannaford Art Director
Jeff Harrison Executive Producer
Alex Holmes Art Director,Production Designer
Andrew Kotatko Musical Direction/Supervision
Jed Kurzel Score Composer
Radek Ladczuk Cinematographer
Brad Lanyon Asst. Director
Marion Lee Makeup
Frank Lipson Sound/Sound Designer
Kristian Moliere Producer
Simon Njoo Editor
Jonathan Page Executive Producer
Ross Perkin Set Decoration/Design
Peter D. Smith Sound Mixer
Michael Tear Executive Producer
Natalie Wall Casting
Heather Wallace Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Babadook
1. Chapter 1 [8:05]
2. Chapter 2 [9:14]
3. Chapter 3 [5:58]
4. Chapter 4 [:04]
5. Chapter 5 [5:22]
6. Chapter 6 [7:49]
7. Chapter 7 [9:22]
8. Chapter 8 [6:57]
9. Chapter 9 [9:14]
10. Chapter 10 [6:31]
11. Chapter 11 [7:08]
12. Chapter 12 [9:08]
13. Chapter 13 [5:15]
14. Chapter 14 [3:31]

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The Babadook 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
One of the better horror movies. The tension, creepy scenes, use of lighting and shadows is really good. Story also good.
GinaK More than 1 year ago
This is a splendid horror film that reminded me of Roman Polanski’s Repulsion in that it was horror based in madness and psychological truths and not in fake scares and other gimmicks. I was also not surprised to learn in the bonus features on the Blu-Ray that the director worked with Lars von Trier early in her career. I thought the ending was really creative and (again) psychologically true and the key to the entire film. Brilliant!
LaylaCD More than 1 year ago
As a life-long horror fan, I can be fairly jaded as I've seen almost everything. But this film is truly exceptional, and superb in all areas; writing, cinemaphotography, acting, lighting, production design...EVRYTHING...SEE IT!