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...
Disc #1 -- The Babadook Play Film Chapters Bonus Creating The Book With Illustrator Alex Juhasz A Tour Of The House Set The Stunts: Jumping The Stairs Special Effects: The Stabbing Scene Behind The Scenes Cast And Crew Interviews Theatrical Trailer Setup Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo Subtitles English Subtitles: On English SDH Subtitles For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing: On Spanish Subtitles: On Subtitles: Off
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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.
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!
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!
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