By now most horror fans that wanted to see Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook will have seen it, and hopefully most will agree that the film is superb. Not an easy watch, but a brave, ambitious horror that really gets under the skin, and chills the soul.
Not to give anything away for those who haven’t seen it, but the films critical and box office success certainly screams out “sequel”, and personally I would love to see more of The Babadook. Sadly though that will never be the case, as Kent has revealed that there will never be a sequel.
Talking with IGN, Kent explained that she specifically asked for the rights to the nightmarish film, in order to stop any sequels ever being made. You have to admire this I guess, as Kent does not want any old director coming along and spoiling her vision, and what an impressive vision it was. Guess we will have to cherish the film as it is, and only imagine what further horrors could have come from The Babadook.
Here is what she said:
“The good news is, I had the foresight to make sure that my producer and I owned the rights to any sequels. The reason for that is I will never allow any sequel to be made, because it’s not that kind of film. I don’t care how much I’m offered, it’s just not going to happen. [Laughs]”
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, THE BABADOOK has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
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.