7:30 PM, 27th August, 2014
The Babadook seemingly follows a conventional horror storyline: mother, son and everything that goes bump in the night! Yet it manages to deliver a truly terrifying experience, nothing of which is conventional.
Set in suburban Adelaide in a run-down old house Amelia (Davis) is struggling to come to terms with the tragic death of her husband while caring for her son Samuel (Wiseman) who is convinced there are monsters lurking in his dreams. Samuel has become convinced that these monsters are out to get him and his mother so he has taken on the responsibility of protecting his mother and family from the things that lurk in the shadows late at night. As Samuel’s behaviour begins to become more violent and volatile, kind and gentle Amelia begins to find it more and more difficult to cope. Both mother and son begin to struggle to sleep through the night as Samuel’s fear of monsters starts to spin out of control, taking both mother and son deep down into the darkness. So what’s the best way to try and soothe a 6-year-old child to sleep? Perhaps read him a bedtime story… until the story itself becomes the catalyst for all the terror that is to unfold.
Just remember – don’t let it in.