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The Babadook (2014)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 9,248 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 22 May 2014 (Australia)
  • Runtime: 93 min
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  • IMDb page: The Babadook (2014)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 9,248 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 22 May 2014 (Australia)
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Filming Location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Director: Jennifer Kent
  • Stars: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Noah Wiseman | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Jed Kurzel   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Fear | Monster | Single Mother | Cockroach | Watching TV

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Jennifer Kent  writer

Known Trivia

  • Of the film’s modest budget, $30,071 was raised via Kickstarter. Most of the funds raised from Kickstarter were channelled toward the art department. 56 of 58 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Plot: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.  »

Story: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.


Synopsis: Amelia lives only with her son Samuel, whos still afraid of monsters under the bed or in the closet. She proves him repeatedly theres nothing to be afraid of. But he keeps on making a big thing of his fear. This adds to hers own stress from the loss of her husband. One day Amelia tells Sam he can choose a book to rad as bedtime story. He chooses a book Mister Babadook, which scared Sam so much. Amelia takes look at the pages. It says the Babadook will come to a kid demanding him to let it in, then asks the same to the kids mother, and then itll leave its disguise and haunt them. The last pages are empty. Amelia then hides the book from Sam. But Sam gets terrified about The Babadook more and more in the next few days, so Amelia tears the Babadooks images from the book and tosses them all in the garbage.

After that Samuel starts to blame The Babadook for his mischiefs. Amelia feels hes only making it up until she starts to feel weird things. One day the front door is knocked. Theres nobody when Amelia opens it. The knocking continues. When Amelia opens the door again, she finds the book with the torn pages glued back on. Also the empty pages are filled with images of the Babadook shadowing the mother killing her son. Amelia then burns the book but she gets more paranoid and stressed as weirder things happen that makes Amelia afraid to sleep. She then stays up all night for two nights in a row. But as Samuel asks for her motherly care, Amelia has episodes of sudden anger outbursts with her voice changing at times. The second night, she catches Sam calling their old Parkinsonian neighbor Mrs. Roach.

Amelia dismisses her, but continues her rage by killing their dog and then chasing after Samuel. She catches up to him but he knocks her out by throwing something hard at her. Amelia wakes up tied with Sam refusing to leave her. Her episodes make her choke Sam as he gets near to hug her. But her inner self wins as Sam strokes her cheek. She then vomits something black and Sam says that shes free. But then Sam tells her she cant make the Babadook go away, and Sam is dragged away by an invisible force. She confronts the force arguing that its tresspassing her house. The Babadook manifests itself as a shadow but then runs away to the basement as Amelia doesnt run from it. Things then seem to go back to normal. Amelia and Sam prepares Sams seventh birthday party, which was never celebrated due to its the same day as Sams fathers death who died in an accident taking Amelia to hospital on her delivery day. Amelia collects worms and maggots and bring them to feed something in the basement.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Pete Best known as associate producer
  • Julie Byrne known as line producer
  • Kristina Ceyton known as producer
  • Jan Chapman known as executive producer
  • Jeff Harrison known as executive producer
  • Kristian Moliere known as producer
  • Jonathan Page known as executive producer
  • Michael Tear known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Essie Davis known as Amelia
  • Daniel Henshall known as Robbie
  • Noah Wiseman known as Samuel
  • Tim Purcell known as The Babadook
  • Tiffany Lyndall-Knight known as Supermarket Mum
  • Cathy Adamek known as Prue
  • Hayley McElhinney known as Claire
  • Benjamin Winspear known as Oskar
  • Adam Morgan known as Police Sergeant
  • Michael Gilmour known as Young Policeman 1
  • Craig Behenna known as Warren
  • Barbara West known as Mrs. Roach
  • John Maurice known as Car Guy
  • Carmel Johnson known as Teacher
  • Hachi known as Bugsy
  • Terence Crawford known as Doctor
  • Stephen Sheehan known as Magician
  • Craig McArdle known as Young Policeman 2
  • Chloe Hurn known as Ruby
  • Michelle Nightingale known as Eastern Suburbs Mum 3
  • Jacqy Phillips known as Beverly
  • Sophie Riggs known as Checkout Chick
  • Bridget Walters known as Norma
  • Pippa Wanganeen known as Eastern Suburbs Mum 1
  • Alicia Zorkovic known as Fast Food Mum
  • Tony Mack known as Principal
  • Peta Shannon known as Eastern Suburbs Mum 2
  • Sophie Allan known as Fast Food Kid 5
  • India Zorkovic known as Fast Food Kid 1
  • Annie Batten known as Old Woman in Corridor
  • Isla Zorkovic known as Fast Food Kid 2
  • Lucy Hong known as Supermarket Little Girl
  • Chris Roberts known as Kissing Man
  • Lotte Crawford known as Kissing Woman
  • Charlie Crabtree known as Fast Food Kid 3
  • Ethan Grabis known as Fast Food Kid 4



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Sue Carroll known as makeup and hair: second unit
  • Andrea Hall known as assistant makeup artist
  • Marion Lee known as makeup artist
  • Tracy Phillpot known as makeup department head
  • Jen Rossiter known as assistant makeup artist
  • Hannah Sinkinson known as assistant makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Jeremy Aubert known as art department: runner
  • Amy Baker known as set dresser
  • Lisa Campbell Harrap known as art department work experience
  • Wesley Champion known as puppet maker: second unit
  • Richard Chataway known as prop maker
  • Michael Cobbing known as apprentice carpenter
  • Aimée-Lee Curran known as art department assistant: second unit
  • Michael Cusack known as prop maker
  • Justin Dix known as prosthetics
  • Monique Fenech known as brush hands
  • Stephanie Fisher known as puppet maker
  • John Haratzis known as scenic artist
  • Eddie Hendel known as standby props: second unit
  • Angus Henderson known as art department attachment
  • Ric Huxholl known as leading hand
  • Alex Juhasz known as Book Design and Illustration
  • Leeth Keough known as art department runner
  • Tristan Lucas known as prop maker
  • Jessie Mills known as set dresser
  • Ross Perkin known as set designer
  • Yuri Poetzl known as brush hands
  • Tim Purcell known as art department assistant and prop maker
  • Conor Reid known as art department assistant: second unit
  • Kelly Rivett known as art department assistant
  • Jared Spencer known as casual carpenter
  • Geoffrey Tarr known as standby props




Production Companies:

  • Causeway Films
  • Smoking Gun Productions

Other Companies:

  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Kojo Productions  post-production facilities

Additional Details


  • Golden Village Pictures (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • IFC Films (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • IFC Midnight (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2014) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Sundance Selects (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Wild Bunch Distribution (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Wild Bunch Distribution (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Alambique Destilaria de Ideias Unipessoal (2014) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Entertainment One (2013) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Entertainment One (2014) (Canada) (all media)
  • Mongkol Major (2014) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Umbrella Entertainment (2013) (Australia) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Kate Butler known as post production supervisor
  • Mark Dickson known as visual effects compositor
  • Mark Holman Harris known as visual effects compositor
  • Stuart Mackenzie known as title design photographer
  • Mark McKenna known as visual effects compositor
  • Marty Pepper known as visual effects supervisor
  • Dale Roberts known as managing director
  • David Smith known as visual effects artist
  • Nicola Tate known as senior post production producer
  • Jack James Troisi known as compositor



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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