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New Horror:The Babadook (2014)

A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home. (NR, 94 min.)


Saturday, October 7, 2023

8:00 PM

Sunday, October 8, 2023

6:00 PM

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 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, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him.
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. [IFC Films]

Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall
Director: Jennifer Kent
Genre(s): Mystery, Horror

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"Davis gives one of the best performances you will see this, or in any other, year."

— Sara Michelle Fetters,

"The finest and most genuinely provocative horror movie to emerge in this still very-new century."

— Glenn Kenny,

"The line between terrifying reality and terrifying fantasy isn't so much blurred as altogether obliterated."

— John Semley, Globe and Mail

"Jennifer Kent's startling debut is an artful horror-chiller that gets under your skin and into your psyche."

— Rafer Guzman, Newsday

"What's most terrifying about The Babadook is that Kent grounds a bizarre supernatural premise in very real feelings of anxiety and depression."

— Noel Murray, Nashville Scene

"Kent's debut feature combines the bumps and creaks of the classic haunted-house movie with the visceral kick of Australian exploitation films."

— Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

"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."

— Alison Willmore, BuzzFeed News

"Kent and editor Simon Njoo show maturity and trust in their material, expertly building tension through the insidious modulation from naturalistic dysfunctional family drama to all-out boogeyman terror."

— David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade."

— Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

"The Babadook is easily the best horror film of 2014. But bolstered by knockout performances, and a mind-bending narrative beautifully shot and colored, The Babadook is so much more. It's one of the best films of the year."

— Kristy Puchko, CinemaBlend

"As someone who has developed a pretty thick Critic's Shield from years of watching standard haunted house/possessed human/mythological-creature fare, I have to say I was genuinely freaked out by some of the passages in The Badabook."

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times