by Inigo del Castillo in New Film on Saturday 1 February 2014

What started as a humble Kickstarter project that barely received funding has turned into the buzz of the Sundance Festival. ‘The Babadook’ wowed critics at Sundance with its tension, drama, and of course, horror, garnering the up-and-coming Aussie writer and director Jennifer Kent much praise.

The story is about a widow and her son, who both discover a storybook called ‘The Babadook’. From there, all hell breaks loose. Here’s the complete synopsis:

‘Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel, a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.’

Back in August of 2012, ‘The Babadook’ launched its Kickstarter campaign without much fanfare. By the end of its campaign, it only managed to squeak past its funding goal of $30,000 by $71. Whew! Thank you, 259 backers of this film!