The horror genre thrives on sequels. The instant a filmmaker creates some kind of interesting, iconic villain or scenario, it is pillaged and marketed into oblivion. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s just the way it goes. Sequels print money. Often, too, they happen because the filmmaker is new to the game and signs away any rights just to get their first film into theaters.
Both of those scenarios would’ve made sense with Jennifer Kent‘s The Babadook. The terrifying, super-smart horror film is currently in theaters and on demand and it not only has a wonderful, creative hook and villain, it’s by a first time director. Those two facts make it seem like a sequel would be likely. However, Kent has definitely said there will never be a Babadook 2. Read why below. Read More »
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(Note: this review originally ran in January during the Sundance Film Festival; we’ve republished it now as the film opens in theaters and on VOD this weekend.)
The Babadook is one of the best horror movies in years, a vigorous and hellishly intense story about a family on the edge of sanity. This isn’t a gore showcase, but a wild emotional roller coaster. (If you need a tonal touchstone, look to Polanski films such as Repulsion and The Tenant.) There is a monster of sorts, but the movie would almost be just fine without him — the actors put each other through fire and pain, and writer/director Jennifer Kent drops us right in there with them. Read More »
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The Babadook is good enough that, after nine months of Sundance audiences (like me) flapping their gums about it’s virtues, Fantastic Fest audiences saw through any hype and responded enthusiastically to the film in multiple screenings over the past week. It’s good enough that, even with the debut of other impressive horror pictures (such as festival entries Cub, It Follows, and Shrew’s Nest — especially Shrew’s Nest) The Babadook still rings as the top horror film of 2014 so far. And now we’ve got the first Babadook US trailer. Read More »
The Babadook, which follows a very troubled single mother and her son, is the best horror film I’ve seen in 2014. In fact, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in a long time, period. So we’re going to keep talking about it, because the name isn’t the sort that ropes audiences in right away. (In fact, the film’s title is the main reason I almost blew it off at Sundance. Very glad I did not.) Here’s a great new Babadook quad poster from the UK, along with a trailer for the film that we haven’t run in the past. Read More »
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The Babadook is a lean and mean horror film out of Australia, and this new Babadook trailer is just perfect. The film was one of the best at Sundance this year, and remains one of my favorites of the year so far.
The story centers on Amelia, a widowed mother, and her troubled young son Samuel. The kid is spinning out of control, and his mom is at her wits’ end. A strange storybook provides a focal point for Sam’s nightmarish hallucinations, and things get intense as Sam’s visions start to connect with Amelia’s own fears.
Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman are simply terrific in the two lead roles, and writer/director Jennifer Kent has cooked up a story that is shockingly scary and built on solid characters. Take the shocks out of this movie and you’d still have a great story. With them in, The Babadook is the must-see horror film of 2014. Watch the trailer below. Read More »
One of the most popular films at Sundance this year has been the Australian horror picture The Babadook. Not necessarily in the sense that everyone here has seen it, but I haven’t spoken to anyone who didn’t like the film, and most people seem to be as big a fan of it as I was. (Read my review here.)
The Babadook follows a young widow and her son, and looks in on the pair as the boy is starting to have some serious psychological issues. Those problems are complicated by the discovery of a mysterious storybook in their house — a book which seems to threaten violence and horror for the family. Check out a trailer below. Read More »