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The Babadook

The Babadook
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  • This film played during the 2014 Florida Film Festival
  • Directed by: Jennifer Kent
  • AUSTRALIA, 2014, 95 minutes

Amelia is a young mom who has never quite recovered from the tragic loss of her husband. Her emptiness and inability to cope with life have created a disobedient and socially awkward son, Samuel (newcomer Noah Wiseman in a genuinely disturbing and effective performance). Samuel dreams of becoming a magician and is obsessed with preparing himself against monsters that only he can see. Armed with a homemade crossbow, the 7-year-old only wants to protect his mother from forces that lurk in dark. One bedtime after reading a creepy pop-up book called Mister Babadook that mysteriously appears on Samuel’s bookshelf, strange things start happening in the house. And no matter what Amelia does to hang on to her sanity and her son, the Babadook has other ideas. First-time feature director Jennifer Kent creates amazing imagery through shadows and light that are reminiscent of silent horror films of the 1920s. The result is a truly haunting atmosphere and one of the scariest films to reach our shores in ages.

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