Seriously, most horror movies just look amusing or kind of thrilling... but The Babadook, the movie everybody's been buzzing about since Sundance, actually looks like it might freak me out a little too much. Something about really powerful scares, and a really intense personal story.
We showed you a teaser trailer and a brief clip from The Babadook before, but this is the first full-length trailer. And it gives a really clear sense of the storyline of this film, about a single mom who's still traumatized by her husband's death, and the monster her son becomes obsessed with. And long before the bugs and the creature show up, this movie already looks like it's going to get under our skin.
Here's the synopsis:
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her 'out of control' 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), 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.
The Babadook hits theaters and VOD on Nov. 28.