Sundance Film Festival Aussie horror in cinemas for Halloween
A first trailer has been released online for the Australian horror film The Babadook. Jennifer Kent’s spooky movie has been making waves since premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January
Speaking in an interview for Australian broadcaster SBS, Kent, the film’s director, said: “When people get into the cinema they may be surprised by the depth of the story. I rarely thought about how to scare people when I was making The Babadook; I thought about telling a story about facing up to dark things in your life because, if you don’t, there are ramifications.”
“We all know what it’s like to suppress difficult feelings and experiences,” she added. “It’s something that fascinates me and it spurred on the writing and making of this film, which also taps into the fear of going mad.”
The film’s synopsis reveals that “six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss” and struggling to discipline her “out of control” six year-old son Samuel (Noah Wiseman). She finds him impossible to love and his dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both.
It continues: “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.”
The Babadook is released in cinemas in time for Halloween on October 24.