Said to be the most terrifying horror film of the year, a new clip has been released from The Babadook, the directorial debut of Jennifer Kent.
The clip is a minute of pure brilliance, creating an atmosphere of fear, panic and dread out of literally nothing. There is no music, and all we get is a simple phone conversation, but it is the way the camera creeps around, then focuses on the background as if we should be seeing something. The whole scene is a brilliant set up of pure terror, the likes of which the horror genre hasn’t seen for a while. It’s clever, stylish stuff, but there is a payoff too!
Icon Film Distribution will release the acclaimed hit horror THE BABADOOK in UK and Irish cinemas on 24 October.
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, THE BABADOOK has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and had its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on 23 August at Vue West End in London’s Leicester Square.
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 sinister 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, and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.
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.