Wednesday, August 26, 2015

THE BABADOOK Screening on WEDNESDAY 30th September

In a shadowy suburban house in Adelaide, Amelia, ESSIE DAVIS, lives with her 6-year-old son, Samuel, NOAH WISEMAN. Amelia has never quite recovered from the death of her husband, Oskar, in a car crash the day Samuel was born. She's a kindly woman, who works in a home for old people and worries about the violent tendencies of her hyper-active son. Sam produces a book, Mr. Babadook, and asks his mother to read it - and then strange and frightening events begin to happen.

Writer-director Jennifer Kent succeeded at Sundance with this minimalist but very effective horror film. Working on a limited budget Kent has achieved a great deal. The film's chief success is in the acting. Essie Davis gives an exceptionally fine performance as the traumatised woman whose terror grows as the film proceeds while young Noah Wiseman is quite remarkable as the out-of-control Samuel, sweet and loving one moment, diabolical the next.

No cheap jump scares, this real psychological thriller boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot.

Margaret & David from ABC's At The Movies awarded The Babadook 4.5* and 4* stars respectively