The Babadook

Friday, February 23
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1hr 33mins // directed by:Jennifer Kent // featuring:Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both.

When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him.

But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

The Boston Globe

"A potent journey through the fears, anxieties, and repressed rages of motherhood." – Ty Burr

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Boston Herald

"The Babadook is a remarkably frightening, resonant and accomplished depiction of madness, monsters and the dark magic of childhood." – James Verniere

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Film Comment

"Undeniably brilliant" – Jonathan Romney

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