We’re still weeks away from the spooky month of October, but that shouldn’t stop us from taking a peek—from behind our hands, of course—at the scary Sundance hit “The Babadook.” If last month’s trailer wasn’t enough to get the heart pumping, some new clips and poster will get you checking under your bed tonight.
Directed by Jennifer Kent, the Kickstarted film stars Essie Davis (Baz Luhrmann’s “Australia”) and Noah Wiseman as a mother and son who are tormented by the Babadook, a terrifying creature from a children’s book found in their home. We caught the film back in Sundance—read our B+ review here—and were very impressed, calling the film “a smart, respectful horror that puts character and emotional issues first, yet never at the cost of a delightful and haunting fright.” It’s a welcome respite from the deluge of micro-budget found-footage films that seem to hit us every year around this time.
Check out the three clips below to get flavor of the terror. “The Babadook” hits theaters in the U.K. on October 24th, and theaters in the U.S. on November 28th.