The Babadook is a horror film that is currently playing up at Sundance, and I've been hearing from a lot of people that it's scaring the shit of of audiences. I haven't seen the film myself yet, and I'm not sure I'll get the opportunity. I really hope I can because I love horror movies, and this one looks really freakin' good! On top of that, the buzz has been extremely positive.
The movie comes from Australia, and it was written and directed by Jennifer Kent. Here's the synopsis.
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her 'out of control' 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel's dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. 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.
This actually could be an incredible horror movie, and I hope it gets a U.S. release for all of our sakes!