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The Babadook

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Area Premiere December 5–11

(2014) dir Jennifer Kent w/Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman [93 min; DCP]
Essie Davis (in a remarkable performance) plays the fragile Amelia, a woman who has been slowly unraveling since her husband died in a car crash while shuttling her to the hospital to have their first child. Now 6-years-old, her son, Samuel (Wiseman), is also highly strung and in continual terror of the imagined thing lurking under the bed or in the closet. All in his head – or so the beleaguered Amelia believes. Meanwhile, a disturbing children’s book has mysteriously shown up on Sam’s shelf and, when they read it, it unlocks a terrifying force that neither of them will be able to control.

This stunning new horror film from Australia has been wowing audiences the world over and we’re excited to bring it to Boston. Unlike many contemporary horror films, THE BABADOOK relies on a pervasive sense of dread and unease rather than cheap scares, and the result is a film that brings to mind Kubrick and Polanski. Like a merging of The Shining and Repulsion, THE BABADOOK reveals that sometimes the real monsters aren’t just in our heads or hidden in the shadows… sometimes they’re both.

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NYT Critics’ Pick “The brilliance of The Babadook, beyond Ms. Kent’s skillful deployment of the tried-and-true visual and aural techniques of movie horror, lies in its interlocking ambiguities.” – A. O. Scott, New York Times

★★★★! “One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years… a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade.” – Kim Newman, Empire

★★★★★ “Expertly unsettling” – Time Out New York

A- “A remarkably frightening, resonant and accomplished depiction of madness, monsters and the dark magic of childhood.” – James Verniere, Boston Herald

★★★½ “A potent journey through the fears, anxieties, and repressed rages of motherhood.” – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

“Deeply disturbing and unusually beautiful” – Variety

“An astonishing debut.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)

Interview: Director Jennifer Kent Discusses Her Genre-Defying Horror Flick ‘The Babadook’ – Andy Crump, Dig Boston


Area Premiere December 5–11
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