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The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 28 November 2014 (USA)
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A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

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Claire
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Robbie
Barbara West ...
Benjamin Winspear ...
Oskar (as Ben Winspear)
Chloe Hurn ...
Ruby
Jacquy Phillips ...
Beverly (as Jacqy Phillips)
Bridget Walters ...
Norma
Annie Batten ...
Old Woman in Corridor
Tony Mack ...
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Carmel Johnson ...
Teacher
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Supermarket Mum (as Tiffany Lyndall Knight)
Lucy Hong ...
Supermarket Little Girl
Sophie Riggs ...
Checkout Chick
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Storyline

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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If it's in a word. Or it's in a look. You can't get rid of ... The Babadook See more »

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Drama | Horror

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Release Date:

28 November 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$559,147 (UK) (26 October 2014)

Gross:

$924,279 (USA) (8 February 2015)
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Trivia

William Friedkin, the director of The Exorcist (1973), said of this film: "I've never seen a more terrifying film than The Babadook (2014)". See more »

Goofs

When Amelia gets the ripped up book back and looks at the new pages, the last page says (Line 3): the more you deny the (Line 4): stronger I get. Yet when the camera pans over the words on the page, the second 'the' has been cut out from the end of line three and moved to the fourth line making it (Line 4): the stronger I get. 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 ...
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Summer Breeze
Written by Pete Dunn and Mike Robkin
Courtesy of EMI Production Music
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Subtle and Creepy
2 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film, its dark and unnerving without resorting to loud bangs or "found footage" style filming to get its scares.

Low budget and well shot, the film leans on the power of suggestion and tone to create a film which has a sense of unease throughout, tonally like the Exorcist, where there is this underlying feeling of dread and helplessness

The scares are not spoon fed, so this won't be for everyone, if your brand of horror is purely just modern films like Insidious or the recent Annabelle - then this might not be for you.

One of my favourite films of the year.


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