Watch: Australia's Midnight Sundance Horror 'The Babadook' Trailer
by Ethan Anderton
January 22, 2014
In the Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival is where lots of horror fun happens. One such film comes from Australia in the form of The Babadook. The film follows a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, as she deals with the suddenly violent and adverse behavior of her son Samuel. The film is said to have flares of Rosemary's Baby, and we can see that in the first trailer below. IndieWire says the film "manages to incorporate so many of these ingredients from lesser films to create something that's compelling even when it's not disturbing on a primordial level." Sounds pretty damn good.
"Do you want to die?!” seven-year-old Samuel asks his stressed-out single mother, Amelia. But is it a threat or a warning. After dealing with Samuel’s frantic tantrums his entire life, Amelia suspects that her son has begun directing his violent misbehavior toward her. However, after a dark and foreboding children’s book called Mister Babadook mysteriously appears on Samuel’s bookshelf, Amelia must decide if her son is truly deranged, or if there really is a bogeyman lurking in their darkened halls at night. Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman star in The Babadook, written and directed by Jennifer Kent and premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film is waiting for distribution so there's no release date yet. Interested?