Umbrella Entertainment has announced that the Australian film The Babadook will be released in Australian cinemas on the 22nd of May 2014. The film premiered to highly positive reviews at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year and has also been tipped for a European release this year. The buzz surrounding the film is another big win for the Australian film industry, particularly in South Australia where the film was made.
The psychological thriller, which is the debut feature of writer and director Jennifer Kent, follows single mother Amelia (Essie Davis), who is struggling to take care of her troubled young son Samuel (Noah Wiseman). Samuel believes he is being terrorised by a monster known as The Babadook. Amelia initially thinks her son is imagining the creature, until she also begins to see it…
The film has been compared to recent horror greats The Orphanage and Insidious. This is high praise, as both of those films are among the best offerings the genre has produced within the last decade. Hopefully The Babadook lives up to the high expectations placed upon it, and we will all get to decide whether it has succeeded on May 22nd.
If you’re brave enough, have a look at the creepy trailer for The Babadook here: