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Aro Favourite Babadook, The


Australia 2014, 93 minutes
Dir. Jennifer Kent
Rating: [M] Horror, violence, offensive language & sexual references
Genres: Horror

Topics: Problem Child.


“A smart, respectful horror that puts character and emotional issues first, yet never at the cost of a delightful and haunting fright. ”~The Playlist

Aroview: A single mother and her disobedient son are stalked by a malevolent spirit summoned by a children's book in this expertly directed psychological horror.

Expanding from the director's own b/w short film 'Monster', this more fully harnesses the tension built on the anxiety of single motherhood, and lifts its game considerably in terms of acting, production design (spooky blue-black) and the Babadook himself, who is sure to enter the pantheon of horror boogeymen. Though it does lose some confidence in nailing a resolution that does justice what has preceded it, this can consider itself the best, if not the spookiest, Australian horror film ever made.

NZ International Film Festival 2014

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DVD Features

Includes the original short film 'Monster' (2005).

  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • extra stuff
  • aspect ratio: 2.35:1

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