The Babadook

Title:
The Babadook
NFSA ID:
1193696
Year:
2014
Category:
Access fees

A psychological horror film about Amelia, a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband and her son Sam's fear of a monster lurking in the house.

In this clip, Amelia (Essie Davis), is horrified to see that the children's book she tried to destroy has returned with all the torn pages pasted back together. The words, images and pop-up cutouts contain threats from the Babadook. It's a good example of the use of jump cuts to build dramatic tension. What could have appeared unbelievable, if not a little comical, is presented with genuine menace.

 

 

Production company:
Causeway Films
Director and scriptwriter:
Jennifer Kent
Producers:
Kristian Moliere and Kristina Ceyton
Composer:
Jed Kurzel