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The Babadook

Baba-dook-dook-dook joins Candyman and Bloody Mary as words too terrifying to say, but too tempting not to, thanks to Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent's startling and thought-provoking horror house thriller. A storybook demon terrorises an ungovernable child and his mother (Essie Davis) in Jennifer Kent's gripping and brilliantly idiosyncratic frightener. Conjuring all the dread and nocturnal scares from her haunted house scenario that any horror fan might require, writer-director Kent goes deeper. She etches the visceral terrors of her two protagonists with a psychological acuity and emotional resonance that make her film unmistakably and thrillingly the work of an artist with a vision.

Year: 2014
Genre: Drama, Horror Movies, Australian Film, Cult Films / After Dark, Film Festivals 2014, Theo's Favourites
Country: Australia
Director: Jennifer Kent
Starring: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Ben Winspear
Duration: 93 Minutes
Rating: M - Horror, violence, offensive language and sexual references
6.8/10
Location in store: Art House Cinema

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