There is no denying that Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook (review) was a masterful horror film, and one that stays with you long after the closing credits. I am still trying to figure out whether it was one of the best horror films of the year, as it was not exactly the easiest film to watch. However, the tone, style and story were perfect in everyway, so there is very little to argue that this couldn’t be one of the years best.
William Friedkin, director of the greatest horror film ever made, has also seen The Babadook and has Tweeted his thoughts. The Exorcist director, who clearly understands horror, has called The Babadook the most terrifying film ever, which is not true because his own film is the scariest ever, but it does make for one hell of a quote to put on The Babadook’s DVD and Blu-Ray release.
Babadook is in very few cinemas. Only one in LA! Cinefamily. I don’t understand it. But it’s now Available to rent on iTunes.
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) December 1, 2014
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.