The Babadook (2014) | 31 Nights of Horror Challenge

For this year’s 31 Nights of Horror Challenge, the Day 3 prompt was Darkness Dwellers. We choose a true gem, The Babadook (2014), an Australian horror flick that we could have easily used in a latter day’s prompt but thought it was more fitting here.

Amelia, who lost her husband in a car crash on the way to give birth to Samuel, their only child, struggles to cope with her fate as a single mom. Samuel’s constant fear of monsters and violent reaction to overcome the fear doesn’t help her cause, which makes her friends distant. When things can not get any worse, they read a strange book about the ‘Babadook’ monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. Even Amelia seems to feel the effect of Babadook and desperately tries in vain to destroy the book. The nightmarish experiences the two encounter form the rest of the story.

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Our Thoughts on The Babadook

This movie is a slightly pretentious but powerful and original movie about a guilt-ridden mother and some metaphorical horrors that ring only too true. Good cinematography, competent acting, original story, nice concept. A bit contrived and pretentious, but well worth a watch.


Director Jennifer Kent holds the rights to the film. When asked if there would be a sequel, she said, “I will never allow any sequel to be made, because it’s not that kind of film. I don’t care how much I’m offered, it’s just not going to happen.”

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