Horror 101 – Episode 43: The Babadook

Episode 43: The Babadook – June 16, 2015

If its in a word or in a look, you can’t get rid of The Babadook…

On our 43rd episode we look at Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut called The Babadook. This was a fan favourite from last year. A gem to come out of Australia. William Friedkin has been quoted to say this was the scariest film he’d ever scene. When the director of The Exorcist gives you that plug, you must have done something right. The Babadook focuses on Amelia, a young single mother and her little boy Samuel. When a macabre children’s story book shows up at their home it coincides with a dark presence that begins to destroy their lives. The Babadook is a genius horror which uses smart writing, excellent performances and great mechanics to deliver a terrifying tale of madness and survival.

We’ll discuss the passing of Betsy Palmer and Sir Christopher Lee. A huge blow to the horror community. We hope you enjoy the Horror 101 treatment of The Babadook.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS:

01:00 We cannot ignore this Australian gem…
02:40 Remembering Betsy Palmer (and a fateful prediction)…
05:15 Introducing The Babadook…
08:25 This kid is a handful…
11:15 The Babadook storybook…
14:15 When Lon Chaney Sr. creeps into your room at night…
17:40 The Police are no help…
19:15 The madness begins…
22:00 Beware…The Dog.
23:35 A child’s defense…
26:25 You can’t get rid of the Babadook…
29:05 Scoring the film and final thoughts…
31:04 Conclusion (with the passing of Sir Christopher Lee)

The Babadook 2014

Written and Directed by: Jennifer Kent

Starring:

Essie Davis as Amelia
Noah Wiseman as Samuel
Hayley McElhinney as Claire
Daniel Henshall as Robbie
Barbara West as Mrs. Roach
Adam Morgan as Police Sergeant

All video, pictures and audio used from The Babadook is copyright © 2014 by Causeway Films and Smoking Gun Productions.

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