Our celebration of women-directed horror films continues with The Babadook. Directed by Jennifer Kent, her directorial debut follows a struggling widowed mother being driven mad by a monster from what appears to be a children’s pop-up book.
Six years after the death of her husband, Amelia Vanak (Essie Davis) raises her son Sam (Noah Wiseman) by herself. Her troubles multiply after Sam becomes convinced an imaginary monster, The Babadook, is haunting him. After countless sleepless nights dealing with Sam, Amelia begins noticing strange events occurring and begins to wonder if her son may have been right all along.
This sleeper hit became one of the most acclaimed films of 2014. In the years since, The Babadook has become a symbol for grief, trauma, and an unexpected LGBT icon.
Directed by Jennifer Kent | 94 minutes | 2014| Not Rated
Wednesday, March 27 – 2pm, 5:30pm, 8pm, 10pm
Thursday March 28 – 2pm, 5:30pm, 8pm, 10pm
“This psychological thriller from gifted first-time filmmaker Jennifer Kent will have you climbing the walls simply by plumbing the violence of the mind. Brace yourself.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“This simple yet shiver-inducing tale, the auspicious feature debut of Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent, makes for one of the better horror movies of recent times.”– Peter Howell, Toronto Star
“The finest and most genuinely provocative horror movie to emerge in this still very-new century.” – Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com