Wednesday 6 May at 7.30pm
Jennifer Kent│Australia│2014│96 mins│M horror, violence, offensive language & sexual references
“Baba-dook-dook-dook” are words too terrifying to say, thanks to Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent’s startling and thought-provoking horror house thriller. “What starts off as a seemingly standard evil-child outing gradually transforms into something else entirely. By the end, the supremely grating and peculiar seven-year-old Samuel (newcomer Noah Wiseman, eerily reminiscent of The Shining’s Danny Lloyd) is the most sympathetic thing in the film. The Babadook is a bogeyman-like figure pictured in a super-creepy handmade children’s pop-up book that mysteriously appears and cannot be disposed of no matter how hard Samuel’s mother tries… The Babadook features a number of genuinely unsettling scenes… but it also packs an emotional punch. That’s mostly due to Davis’ truly shape-shifting performance… ‘Baba dook dook dook!’ should take its place in the annals of horror history alongside ‘Candyman’ and ‘Bloody Mary’ as words too terrifying to repeat but too tempting not to.” — Laura Kern, Film Comment.