The Babadook (dir. Jennifer Kent, 2014) – Single mother Amelia struggles to raise her son, as his constant fear of a book’s monster begins to take its toll.
The Babadook peers into the dark corners of motherhood in the clever and unnerving guise of a literal demon.
Seven years after her husband’s death, single mother Amelia (Essie Davis) is struggling to cope with her troubled son Samuel (Noah Wiseman). Things worsen when a mysterious storybook surfaces on their shelf, its menacing words provoking Samuel to react in fear and violence.
Isolation amplifies unease in the claustrophobic nightmare that threatens the vulnerable pair. What began as a child’s figment of imagination, then seemingly materialises into the palpable presence of a demonic incarnate.
Homed in a genuinely creepy (and very quotable) pop-up book, The Babadook chills as its rhymes grow more vicious with every page turned. The book’s heightening peril runs in parallels with the aggravating emotional strain on Amelia, who finds it harder to discipline her son each day.