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The Babadook relies on real horror rather than cheap jump scares -- and boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot. Read critic reviews

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A troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children's book.

Cast & Crew

Barbara West
Mrs. Roach
Jennifer Kent
Screenwriter
Jan Chapman
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Jeff Harrison
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Jonathan Page
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Michael Tear
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Jed Kurzel
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Radoslaw Ladczuk
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Simon Njoo
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Heather Wallace
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Critic Reviews for The Babadook

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  • Nestled deep within this teeny Australian thriller packs a simple yet profound message about what it often feels like to be a single parent, and even what it feels like to be the child of that parent.

    September 1, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The Babadook's villains and victims are still running amok in my brain. I think they might be there for some time.

    October 5, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What's most terrifying about The Babadook is that Kent grounds a bizarre supernatural premise in very real feelings of anxiety and depression.

    October 5, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Davis gives one of the best performances you will see this, or in any other, year.

    October 5, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The style of the film is not teasing exactly -- it's too sad and lonely -- but there is certainly a hair-pulling mixture of glum laughter and vast apprehension. Is the demon real? Does it matter?

    October 5, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 5, 2016 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 14, 2018
    Creepy! The Babadook can stand for so many things, of which most of us can relate.
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  • Nov 21, 2017
    If the horror genre could be summed up with one pithy saying, I imagine it might be "it's out to get you", whatever "it" might be. With this interesting take, Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent (gasp! a woman!! In horror???) offers that one's own thoughts and feelings might be the source of the terror, unresolved guilt and malignant feelings, a vibe directly from the iconic "The Innocents". The creep and subsequent attack are worthy of the genre, especially the most horrible "am I dreaming this, is this really happening?!?" staple. Good stuff.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2017
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  • Dec 29, 2016
    pre-viewing had heard alot of good things about the babadook and in turn was quite expectant. the acting from both leads was good but the actual scares delivered were more on a B-movie level and, as my expectations were high, a bit of a let down. further deflating was the apparant babadook possibly being simply a metaphor for the struggle of dealing & coping with trauma. couldnt it just simply be a monster? possibly a frightening one? i think for young teenagers this is perfectly balanced but for those horror aficionados out there this is a frolic in the park.
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