Babadook, The

Run Times:
95 min
Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall
Jennifer Kent
Jennifer Kent
Plot Summary

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman). 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. Then Amelia too begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, and it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.


“Let’s just say that this nerve-frying psychological thriller from gifted first-time filmmaker Jennifer Kent will have you climbing the walls simply by plumbing the violence of the mind.”
-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


Rolling Stone – ‘The Babadook’: First-time director Jennifer Kent delivers a tense scarefest about a mysterious children’s book

Festivals and Awards

Sundance Film Festival, USA, January 2014

Gerardmer International Fantastic Film Festival, France, January 2014
*Winner – Jury Prize
*Winner – Audience Award
*Winner – Critics’ Prize
*Winner – The Region Lorraine Student Prize

New Directors/New Films, USA, March 2014

CPH:Pix Film Festival, Denmark, April 2014

IMAGINE Film Festival, The Netherlands, April 2014

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, Estonia, April 2014

The Gold Coast Film Festival, Australia, April 2014

Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival, Norway, April 2014

Florida Film Festival, USA, April 2014

Stanley Film Festival, USA, April 2014

Lyon Festival Hallucinations Collectives, France, April 2014

OFF PLUS CAMERA Film Festival, Poland, May 2014

Seattle International Film Festival, USA, May 2014

Transilvania International Film Festival, Romania, May 2014

Northside Festival, USA, June 2014

Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia, June 2014

Traverse City Film Festival, USA, July 2014

New Zealand International Film Festival, July 2014

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, July 2014

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), South Korea, July 2014
*Winner – Best Actress, Essie Davis

Frightfest, UK, August 2014

Fantasy Filmfest, Germany, August 2014

Philadelphia Film Society, USA, August 2014

Athens International Film Festival, Greece, September 2014

Fantastic Fest, USA, September 2014
*Winner – Best Picture, Horror Features
*Winner – Best Screenplay, Horror Features
*Winner – Best Actor, Horror Features (Noah Wiseman)
*Winner – Best Actress, Horror Features (Essie Davis)

Helsinki International Film Festival, Love & Anarchy, Finland, September 2014

Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland, September 2014

Lund International Fantastic Film Festival, Sweden, September 2014

Chicago International Film Festival, USA, October 2014

New Hampshire Film Festival, USA, October 2014

Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Canada, October 2014
*Winner – Best Director
*Winner – Best Actress
*Winner – Scariest Film
*Winner – Best Trailer
*Winner – Best Monster/Creature

Savannah Film and Video Festival, USA, October 2014

Ausfilm Week Los Angeles, USA, October 2014

Sitges International Film Festival, Spain, October 2014
*Winner – Special Jury Award
*Winner – Best Actress, Essie Davis

Flimmer – Norrkoping Film Festival, Sweden, October 2014

Hawaii Film Festival, USA, November 2014

Virginia Film Festival, USA, November 2014

Lone Star Film Festival, USA, November 2014

Fancine, the Fantastic Film Festival of the University of Málaga, Spain, November 2014

Torino Film Festival, Italy, November 2014