Over the last few years, the horror film genre has undergone positive reinvention with a focus on real plots as oppose to the sexy teen slasher type made popular in the 90s. The modern audience are a clued-on bunch and no longer will cheap scares and stereotypes satisfy (though ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ will always hold a special place in my heart).
After Australian filmmaker James Wan reached new heights with The Conjuring, it’s no surprise that the latest horror film hit to reach cinemas comes from another very talented Aussie writer and director, Jennifer Kent.
Since premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim, The Babadook has managed to scare audiences and intrigue the most diehard horror fans, all of whom are sure to be found front of the queue when the film hits cinemas in October. For those who don’t know, The Babadook tells the story of Amelia (Essie Davis), a mother struggling to discipline her six-year-old son Samuel (Noah Wieseman), after the tragic death of her husband years earlier. After Samuel experiences frightening dreams in which a terrifying monster appears, he becomes increasingly agitated when a storybook turns up featuring the same sinister creature from his dreams. Despite initial reservations, Amelia begins to believe her son may be right about the haunting creature, setting in motion a chain of events that’ll put the mother-son duo to the test.
The Babadook is set for release in the UK and Ireland on October 24. For more updates, check out the official website here.