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)
Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival, Canada, September 2014
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