WHO’S IN IT?
Essie Davis (The Matrix Reloaded), Noah Wiseman (film debut), Daniel Henshall (Snowtown), Hayley McElhinney (My Mother Frank), Barbara West (film debut), Benjamin Winspear (The Last Goodbye), Cathy Adamek (Cut), Craig Behenna (Look Both Ways)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Jennifer Kent (The Nightingale), director, writer; Kristina Ceyton (Newcastle) and Kristian Moliere (Dark Frontier), producers; Jed Kurzel (Dead Europe), composer; Radek Ladczuk (Suicide Room), cinematographer; Simon Njoo (film debut), editor
WHAT’ S IT ABOUT?
Six years after her husband’s brutal death, single mother Amelia (Davis) struggles to raise her young son Samuel (Wiseman) who is having severe dreams about a monster coming to kill them both. A mysterious storybook called “Mister Babadook” suddenly makes its way into the household, and Samuel becomes convinced that the Babadook is the monster from his dreams. It doesn’t take too long for Amelia either to figure out that the threat may be far too real…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
In a genre overly dominated by jump scares and “gore-nography”, The Babadook is a refreshing horror film that actually relies on actual horror to scare the living daylights out of its audience.