The Babadook

Friday, March 29, 2024

Introduction by Caryn Coleman of The Future of Film is Female on Friday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m.

“The 2014 release of Jennifer Kent’s debut feature marks a shift in the genre. Her film launched a new generation of horror filmmakers who deal with PTSD and the aftermath of trauma; now we see what happens after a woman survives a horrible event and how she deals with it. Six years after her husband’s death in a violent car crash, Essie is trying to keep it together as her young son’s disturbing behavior increases. He believes a monster, the Babadook, has emerged from the pages of a book…and he’s not wrong. A startling evocation of grief, survivor’s guilt, motherhood, and recovery, THE BABADOOK gives one of the first poignant examples of the stories that emerge when women control the narrative.” — Caryn Coleman

Screening as part of Shadows of Change: Women and Horror in 2014, programmed by Caryn Coleman and co-presented by The Future of Film is Female

THE BABADOOK originally opened at IFC Center on November 28th, 2014 and screened until April 18, 2015

THE BABADOOK previously screened as part of our Spring 2019 season of “Waverly Midnights: Parental Guidance.” June 28th to June 29th, 2019.


  • Country Australia
  • Year 2014
  • Running Time 94 minutes
  • Distributor IFC Films
  • Director Jennifer Kent
  • Writer Jennifer Kent
  • Editor Simon Njoo
  • Cinematographer Radek Ladczuk
  • Cast Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall, Barbara West

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