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The Babadook | CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

Time
On 31st January - 11.30 PM
Other showings
From 31st January - 31st January
Starring:
Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
Director
Dir. Jennifer Kent
Duration
94mins
Country
AU
Year
2014
Synopsis:

A little boy finds a mysterious book called The Babadook on his bookshelf, and his widowed mother makes it his new bedtime story. Big mistake. Before long the book seems to exert a bad influence on the increasingly disruptive child, who becomes convinced that the Babadook is coming to get them. Director Kent’s debut feature is a truly superior horror, eschewing the slick CGI of recent genre offerings in favour of subtle atmosphere and psychological depth, a natural successor to REPULSION era Polanski.  

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The Babadook
Critical reaction:
  • One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade. ★★★★★

    Kim Newman, EMPIRE

  • The Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent's bravura new horror pic combines subtlety and psychological depth with some very full-blooded shock tactics. ★★★★★

    Geoffrey Macnab, THE INDEPENDENT