Halloween feature 50 days, 50 slays! Day 17 Reading time! THE BABADOOK

With only 17 days to go, its almost urgent that you get those orders in for your Halloween viewing! Can I suggest something delightful for bedtime and a little fright reading! THE BABADOOK from Jennifer Kent might just be the scariest thing to be at the end of your bed, since that uncle in the 80s! 



Amelia (Essie Davis) is struggling with raising her son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) after the death of her husband.  Samuel’s fears are ever present. He is scared of mortality and believed that a monster is coming to take his mother away. When a storybook featuring the sinister Mister Babadook appears on the shelf for story time, it might foretell the menace that Samuel is convinced was to come and take Amelia away. At first dismissive but now, slowly it begins to dawn on her that this evil is not just on the page.


Ponder if you will, not that Mark Cousins (the immensely talented) calls this film and its director the future of cinema, ponder more this. What is THE BABADOOK?  Well not this exactly, the anagram is well known and may or may not be real. More, what is being said by the films central manifestation and what it means to those in the snare of it. This is why you should watch it for the big day. You can enjoy a vigorous discussion on the following, Grief, sexuality, gender, age, history and finally, mortality.


Now all of these topics are handled in the extras. So you need not run back and forth with your rationales and ideas. Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson is the best place to go to for a sprinkling of the sublime conversation. Tenaciously discussing and defining Kent, her career, work and later comments on the film.  Kent’s Monster, her original short film, is well worth watching to see notes of the film in. I really enjoyed the interview of book designer Alexander Juhasz. His mind is clever and devious but with a taste for the disturbed. All of this will make your night, I swear. Oh, it might also make your nightmares!

Special Features 

  • 4K / Blu-ray dual format release
  • New 4K master produced by the original post production facility and presented in HDR10
  • A new audio commentary by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson
  • This is my House: a new interview with Actor Essie Davis
  • The Sister: a new interview with Actor Hayley McElhinney
  • Don’t Let It In: a new interview with Producer Kristina Ceyton
  • Conjuring Nightmares: a new interview Producer Kristian Moliere
  • Shaping Darkness: a new interview with Editor Simon Njoo
  • If It’s in a Name or in a Look: a new interview with Production Designer Alex Holmes
  • The Bookmaker: a new interview with the book designer Alexander Juhasz
  • Ba-Ba-Ba…Dook!: a new interview with Composer Jed Kurzel
  • Monster: Jennifer Kent’s original short film
  • They Call Him Mister Babadook: The Making Of
  • There’s No Place Like Home: Creating The House
  • Special Effects: Stabbing Scene
  • The Stunts
  • Illustrating Evil: Creating the Book
  • English SDH subtitles for the hearing impaired

Limited Edition Contents

  • Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Peter Diamond
  • 150 page hardback book with new essays by Anna Bogutskaya, Daniel Bird, Kat Ellinger, Rich Johnson, Jon Towlson and Laura Venning, archive Jennifer Kent interview, stills, behind-the-scenes photos and original illustration concepts for the book
  • 6 collectors’ art cards



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