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The Babadook (2014)

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A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Director: Jennifer Kent

Release Date: 2014-05-22
Status: Released
Run time: 93 min / 1:33
Budget: $2,000,000
Revenue: $6,676,471
Production Companies : Screen Australia, Smoking Gun Productions, Causeway Films, South Australian Film Corporation
Production Countries: Canada, Australia
Release Date: 2014-05-22
Status: Released
Run time: 93 min / 1:33
Budget: $2,000,000
Revenue: $6,676,471

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Casts

Essie Davis
as Amelia Vanek
Noah Wiseman
as Samuel Vanek
Hayley McElhinney
as Claire
Daniel Henshall
as Robbie
Barbara West
as Gracie Roach
Benjamin Winspear
as Oskar Vanek
Cathy Adamek
as Prue
Craig Behenna
as Warren
Adam Morgan
as Sergeant
Peta Shannon
as Mother No. 2
Hachi
as Bugsy
Tim Purcell
as The Babadook
Chloe Hurn
as Ruby
Pippa Wanganeen
as Eastern Suburbs Mum 1
Michelle Nightingale
as Eastern Suburbs Mum 3
Tony Mack
as Principal
Carmel Johnson
as Teacher
Michael Gilmour
as Young Policeman 1
Craig McArdle
as Young Policeman 2
Jacquy Phillips
as Beverly
Terence Crawford
as Doctor
Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
as Supermarket Mum
Lucy Hong
as Supermarket Little Girl
Sophie Riggs
as Checkout Chick
John Maurice
as Car Guy
Stephen Sheehan
as Magician
Alicia Zorkovic
as Fast Food Mum
Bridget Walters
as Norma
Lotte Crawford
as Kissing Woman
Chris Roberts
as Kissing Man
Annie Batten
as Old Woman in Corridor
India Zorkovic
as Fast Food Kid 1
Isla Zorkovic
as Fast Food Kid 2
Charlie Crabtree
as Fast Food Kid 3
Ethan Grabis
as Fast Food Kid 4
Sophie Allan
as Fast Food Kid 5

Crew

Directing Jennifer Kent Director
Writing Jennifer Kent Writer
Production Kristina Ceyton Producer
Production Kristian Moliere Producer
Sound Jed Kurzel Original Music Composer
Camera Radek Ladczuk Director of Photography
Editing Simon Njoo Editor
Production Nikki Barrett Casting
Art Karen Hannaford Art Direction
Art Jennifer Drake Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Heather Wallace Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Tracy Phillpot Makeup Department Head
Costume & Make-Up Marion Lee Makeup Artist
Art Ross Perkin Set Designer
Crew John Haratzis Scenic Artist
Crew Des Kenneally Sound Recordist
Sound James Carroll Foley
Sound John Simpson Foley
Sound Frank Lipson Sound Effects Editor
Sound Peter D. Smith Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Crew Clint Dodd Special Effects Coordinator
Visual Effects Marty Pepper Visual Effects Supervisor
Crew Reg Roordink Stunt Coordinator
Lighting Robertto Karas Gaffer
Crew Nima Nabili Rad Second Unit Cinematographer
Camera Louis Puli Camera Operator
Camera Matt Nettheim Still Photographer
Camera Michael Fairbairn Additional Camera
Editing Sean Lahiff First Assistant Editor
Directing Taera Shroff Script Supervisor
Production Scott McDonald Location Manager
Crew Chris Chamberlin Unit Publicist
Art Alex Holmes Production Design

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  • Critic Reviews for The Babadook All Critics (219) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (215) | Rotten (4) | DVD (3) A deftly inventive and psychologically charged horror story that trades on the ways in which the prospect of maternal failure can be just as fearsome a boogeyman as any monster under the bed.

  • The Babadook is horror movie that obviously takes inspiration and pays homage to many works of horror from the last 100 years, but it's testament to Kent's work that it never feels derivative.

  • The Babadook movie reviews & Metacritic score: Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipli...

  • In “The Babadook,” a sense of urgency establishes itself immediately in a nightmare scene in which Essie Davis’ Amelia is being rushed to the hospital…and this really is a nightmare scene.

  • Mr. Babadook is a pop-up picture book that suddenly arrives into their lives. The creature is a sort of cross between a German expressionistic nightmare and Jack the Ripper.

  • Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman in The Babadook. Photograph: Sportsphoto/Allstar/Icon Film Distribution J ennifer Kent’s clever, nasty, clammily claustrophobic chiller about a mother and child brought back a strange episode in my own parenting career.

  • Actress turned filmmaker Jennifer Kent wrote and directed The Babadook - on a $2.5 million budget (with the help of $30,000 in Kickstarter crowd funds). Yet, in spite of its meager budget, The Babadook proves that less is more - especially in the horror genre.