Playing as part of the current Sundance Film Festival is a new horror called The Babadook, and a short while ago we saw the first images released.
Today we get to see actual footage from the film as the first trailer has landed, and its very effective indeed. It begins slow, but builds a sinister atmosphere of real menace and tension, and delivers just the right amount of scares which, thankfully, don’t go too over the top and become clichéd.
You’ll find the impressive trailer, and poster, below.
The Babadook is written and directed by Jennifer Kent. The cast includes Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West and Ben Winspear.
Synopsis (contains some spoilers):
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.