The incredibly well put together, and extremely creepy trailer for Australian horror The Babadook was revealed earlier this week, and this was ahead of the films world premiere at Sundance. The film went down well, with critics praising just how creepy the film is, and now some distribution news has come out of Sundance.
One of horrors best friends, IFC Midnight, has acquired all US and Latin American rights to the film.
The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco for IFC with John Sloss for Cinetic Media, on behalf of Harold van Lier and Charlotte Mickie for eOne and the filmmakers. eOne Films International secured a multi-territory sale of the film last week to Wild Bunch for France, Germany and Switzerland.
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.