Amelia, who lost her husband in a car crash on the way to give birth to Samuel, their only child, struggles to cope with her fate as a single mom. Samuel's constant fear of monsters and violent reaction to overcome the fear doesn't help her cause either, which makes her friends become distant. When things can not get any worse, they read a strange book in their house about the 'Babadook' monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. Even Amelia seems to feel the effect of Babadook and desperately tries in vain to destroy the book. The nightmarish experiences the two encounter form the rest of the story.
Director: Jennifer Kent
Writer: Jennifer Kent
Production: IFC Films
Released: 28 Nov 2014
Awards: 55 wins & 61 nominations.
Movie Video Clips
This is my house
You can bring me the boy
You can't get rid of the Babadook
I need help
- CHILD: Mum! (SCREECH OF METAL, GLASS SHATTERING) Mummy!
- (CLEARER) Mum! I had the dream again.
- (READS) "And he climbed down that chimney, "straight into the huge black pot. "And that was the end of the big, bad wolf."
- Did they really kill the wolf, Mum? I'm sure they did. I'll kill the monster when it comes. I'll smash its head in.
- It's time to go to sleep now, sweetie. It's very late. Can we read it again?
- "A long time ago... just yesterday, in fact... "there were three little pigs and one nasty big wolf."
- - MOTHER: What have you done? - It's not broken. It just slipped. I don't want you firing things off in the house anymore. Wait, wait, wait. Watch this. When the monster comes, I'm gonna do this.
- BOY: Nothing in my hands. - Nothing in my hands. - Stand still, please. Look at me, Mum! Come on, Samuel. - Look at me. - Stand still, please. Nothing in my hands. Nothing in my hands. - I do
- Quick. You're late already. (BAG RATTLES) What have you got in there? See you later, alligator.
- Here's one for you, Norma. It's got milk in it. What? One with your milk in it. I don't want milk. No worries. I'll make you another one.
- Ah, just where a woman should be. In the kitchen. Hmm. Get to work, woman. (LAUGHS) Do you want a cuppa? Nah. I'm heading for the dementia ward. Aw. It's a few years before you end up there, i
- Amelia? Your son's school is on the phone.
- We can see Ruby and Aunty Claire at the park today. You can play on that swing you like for as long as you like, OK? Mrs Bruen hates me. No, she doesn't.
- Just need a break, that's all.
- Don't tell Aunty Claire what happened.
- I'll tell her later. (BEEP BEEP) - Mum, come and look at this! - I can do it again.
- Sam, don't bother the lady. No, no, no. That's alright. We have to go home and see Daddy, though, haven't we? My dad's in the cemetery. Oh. That's... He got killed driving Mum to the hospital t
- - Be careful. - Mum, Mum! I'm gonna smash it. (SIGHS) What would you like me to do for Wednesday? I can get their birthday cakes. That's easy.
- I was hoping Ruby would change her mind. She doesn't want a joint party with Sam this year. - Oh. - Mum! Mum! She wants to have a princess party. Mum! Mum! That's OK. We don't have to come.
- Maybe you want to celebrate his birthday properly this year, anyway. - On the day. - Yeah, we'll see. (GROANS) You know, Amelia, I just want you to be happy and then this birthday thing rolls
- We'll be fine. We'll be absolutely fine. Mum! Look at me!
- - Who do we have here? - Hello, Mrs Roach. You look tired, little one. Have you been in the wars today? A few wars. He's had a big day, that's all. He's just exhausted. Poor little sweetheart.
- Where did you get this? On the shelf.
- (READS) "If it's in a word or it's in a look, "you can't get rid of the Babadook.
- "If you're a really clever one and you know what it is to see, "then you can make friends with a special one... "a friend of you and me."
- (LAUGHS) "His name is Mister Babadook and this is his book. "A rumbling sound, then three sharp knocks... "ba BA-ba Dook! Dook! Dook! "That's when you'll know he's around. "You'll see him if yo
- "Ba BA-ba Dook! Dook! Dook!" We might read another one tonight, hey? But you said I could choose.
- "This is what he wears on top. "He's funny, don't you think?
- "See him in your room at night..."
- Mum? Does it live under the bed? Mum?
- Mummy?! (CRIES) "How sweetly they sung, telling of the happiness and loveliness "that lay at the bottom of the ocean and entreating the sirens not to be afraid." (SAM GROANS)
- WOMAN: It's that time of night again. Time... WOMAN: If that's what the doctor ordered, I... Oh, yeah. Yeah. That's what the doctor ordered. (ROMANTIC MUSIC PLAYS)
- - MAN: Do you... - (SWITCHES OFF TV)
- (BUZZING) (BREATHES HEAVILY)
- Mum! - It's in my room! - What is? - The Babadook! - Oh, no. No, no, no. This is not going to happen. The closet doors were closed and now they're wide open. It's just a book. It can't hurt
- I don't want anything bad to happen to you, Mum.
- Nothing bad's going to happen, Sam. I'm gonna protect you.
- (TRAIN RATTLES ON TRACKS) SAMUEL: Mum, it's 9:00.
- He's not running a fever anymore. No, no, no. My sister's gonna take him. Put it back! Put it back or it goes in the bin. (GROANS) Sorry. What was that? Oh, no. I couldn't get to the phone. He
- 88. Number 88. Two fat ladies. Good, Elaine! Another few days and someone could call out, "Bingo!"
- Number 11. Who has number 11? Legs 11. Hey? See what else we've got.
- 5 billion. Anyone got 5 billion?
- Beverley's not very impressed with your bingo skills.
- - Are you alright? - Yeah, yeah. No, I'm fine. How are you? How's D wing? Fine. Yeah. Just a bunch of old people.
- You don't have to be fine, you know. Just a bit stressed at the moment. Why don't you go home? Old cranky bitch... she goes after lunch. I can cover for you. - You'd do that? - Yeah.
- I'll give you my pay. Oh, no. Don't be ridiculous. You've got a sick boy. Life's too short. You're so sweet, Robbie. (SIGHS) - You should go. - Yeah. - Say hi to Sam for me. - I will.
- (YELLS) Where have you been? You weren't at work. Rung you a million times. What happened? Just scared the crap out of Ruby. That's all. He insisted on talking to this bloody Babadook thing all
- Where did you get those firecrackers? You got them for me on the internet. Well, that's the end of the internet.
- If the Babadook was real, we'd see it right now, wouldn't we? It wants to scare you first then you'll see it. Well, I'm not scared. You will be when it creeps into your room at night. That's en
- Samuel. (TV PLAYS IN DISTANCE)
- Ladies and gentlemen, Mum and Dad, life is not always as it seems. It can be a wondrous thing. But it can also be very treacherous. (YELPS)
- Don't worry, Dad. I'll save Mum. I'm gonna trap the Babadook like this.
- And when it's trapped, I'm gonna kill it. AMELIA: Samuel.
- I was just putting something back. - All your father's things are down there. - He's my father. - You don't own him! - (KNOCK AT DOOR)
- Just thought I'd see how you're going.
- Can I come in? Hey, matey. This is for you. My mum always got me a model plane when I was sick. (LAUGHS) I'm not sick. Oh. I-I thought... No, he's not, actually. The truth is he's so disobedien
- The Babadook did it, Mum. Go and watch a DVD and I'll make something else. - The Babadook did it! - Just go and watch a DVD, Samuel. MAN: (ON TV) Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, welcome t
- Do you think this is funny? Oh, no. No. No!
- - (GRUNTS) - Give it to me! (SCREECHES) Do you wanna die?
- - (THUMP) - (GASPS) (SINISTER MUSIC)
- Don't let it in! Don't let it in! Don't let it in! Don't let it in! Don't let it in! Don't let it in!
- SAMUEL: Mum, do we have to go to Ruby's party?
- I've already got this doll, Mum. Now she's got a twin. They can go shopping together.
- - Off you go. - (SAM GROANS) He's just really tired. (CRIES OUT)
- Claire tells me you're a writer. Oh, no, not really. Not anymore. What kind of writing did you do? I wrote some articles for some magazines, did some kids' stuff. You just need to get back into
- How's Richard's merger going? WOMAN: Oh, good. I mean, his workload's just ballooned. I've got the kids 24/7, it feels like. CLAIRE: Tell me about it! I don't even have time to go to the gym an
- This is my tree house. You're not allowed in here. I'm not hurting anybody.
- What did you do?! She said I didn't have a dad. She kept saying it. Is she alright? Stay here and look after the children or do you want another one to get hurt? SAMUEL: (SCREAMS) Mummy! She wo
- - Get out! - Samuel? - Mummy! - Stop this now! Get out! Get out! Get out! (SCREAMS)
- Please help me! There's something wrong with my son.
- I think it may have been a febrile convulsion. That's when the brain overheats. - It always looks worse than it is. - I've never seen anything like this. We'll have to wait until the tests come
- But can you just give me something for now, just to make him sleep? Um, just until... just until we get an appointment. Please? I haven't slept in weeks and neither has Samuel and when we go h
- I can give you a short course of sedatives. Just until the tests come back. Most mothers aren't too keen on them unless it's really bad. It's really bad.
- These can make children feel foggy. Perhaps some temporary nausea. They'll certainly help him sleep, though. - That's for one week. - Thank you.
- SAMUEL: Why don't people like me? AMELIA: Why do you say that? Ruby said people don't like me 'cause I'm weird. Sometimes people say things that aren't true.
- You just need to take your medicine, have a big sleep and not worry. I don't want you to die. I'm not gonna die for a long time yet. Did you think that about my dad before he died?
- Just take your pill so you can go to sleep. I've got the day off tomorrow. Maybe we could do something, hmm? Will these make the Babadook go away? I think so but you have to promise me not to me
- Can you stay here with me? Yes. I love you, Mum. Me too.
- CLAIRE: (ON PHONE) Her nose is broken in two places. - She may need surgery. - AMELIA: I'll pay for everything. CLAIRE: You can't even pay your own bills. Look, I really have to go. AMELIA: Cla
- (PHONE RINGS) Claire! Hello? (RASPY VOICE) Mmm, Babadook... dook... dook.
- I want to report someone stalking me and my child. Can you tell us what happened? Somebody sent me a children's book. (LAUGHS) And? And it contained violent and graphic images of my child and
- Did you get your things done? Mrs Roach has Parkinson's. That's why she shakes like this. Samuel, you don't have to say everything that goes through your head. Oh, it's alright, love. He wanted
- (BARKS) Hey, Bugsy. - (BUGSY GROWLS, BARKS) - Hey. - (BUGSY CONTINUES BARKING) - Hey!
- I don't want to buy anything. Are you Amelia Vanick? Yes. I'm Warren Newton and this is Prue Flannery from the Department of Community Services. My son's only been away for two days. He's not
- Hello, Samuel. I'm Prue and this is Warren.
- How are you? I'm a bit tired from the drugs Mum gave me. Not drugs. Tranquillisers... from the doctor. He had a fit yesterday. I'm really tired, actually. PRUE: That's no good.
- May I have a glass of water, please? Yes. Of course. I'll get you one.
- It's a real mess. I just found this cockroach infestation. I normally have the house sprayed. I did actually already have it sprayed but there's this hole in the wall behind the fridge and tha
- I didn't mean a hole in the wall. There was a hole in the wallpaper. That's where they were laying their eggs, I think. WARREN: We've caught you at a bad time. I'll leave you with this. We're r
- WOMAN: (ON TV) What was that noise I heard? WOMAN 2: (ON TV) I didn't hear any noise. WOMAN: Wind howling, doors slamming. - I declare, I think this house is haunted. - (GASPS) Mum, I'm gonna g
- You have to stay up for a while, sweetheart. (SIGHS)
- (TV PLAYS) BOY: (ON TV) Where's its mother, Skip? Koalas don't leave their babies about. Are you off now, Dad? MAN: (ON TV) Yep. Soon as I fuel up. Tell Jerry I'll keep in touch on the radio
- AMELIA: (READS) "And the Prince and the Princess "lived happily together in a beautiful palace "for the rest of their days."
- (BUGSY BARKS) (GASPS, SIGHS)
- (GASPS) (CLATTERING) (RASPY VOICE) Babadook... dook... dook. (PANTS)
- (GROWLING, SQUEAKING) (SCREAMING) (GASPS)
- SAMUEL: What are we doing? AMELIA: We're going downstairs. - Why? - Because we are.
- MAN: (ON TV) Iris, Iris, Iris. WOMAN: (ON TV) No. (MUSIC BOX TINKLES)
- (BUGSY BARKS) WOMAN: (ON TV) Glass and mirror attachment. Clean and polish shower doors or mirrors for a streak-free shine. As part of your steaming special, we'll even include the garment and u
- Mum, I took the pills but I feel sick again.
- I couldn't find any food in the fridge. You said to have them with food. I'm really hungry, Mum. Why do you have to keep talk, talk, talking? Don't you ever stop? - I was just... - I need to s
- I'm so sorry. I don't know why I said that. It was terrible. I've had absolutely no sleep. I didn't know what I was saying. I'll cook you something. Hey? What would you like? I'm not hungry any
- We really need to get out of this house. We've been cooped up here too long. That's the problem.
- Do you want to go to Wally's? You can have anything you want. Alright? Even ice-cream for breakfast if you like.
- - (ARGUING) - Give it back! - Stop it! Sit down. Sit down. - No! - Now! - Give my drink back! Sit down, please.
- Where are we going? I just want to drive for a little while.
- - (SCREECHING) - Aarggh! Mummy! Mummy! (BOTH SCREAM) (RASPY VOICE) Babadook. (BOTH SCREAM) (GROWLING, TYRES SQUEAL)
- You ran straight into me! I just bought this bloody car. What were you thinking? Oh, driving on the wrong side of the road with a kid in the back. You could've killed someone! - (REVS ENGINE) -
- Mum? I can call Aunty Claire.
- I can call and she can come over.
- Mum? Aunty Claire doesn't want to talk to us anymore. Mum. Mum, look at me.
- Mum, I don't think we should stay here tonight. I can call Mrs Roach. I don't want you to call anyone.
- - Mum... - (YELLS) Leave it!
- (WHISPERING) VOICE: There's something in the house.
- VOICE: (YELLS) There's someone in the house! (GASPS)
- (WHISPERING RESUMES) (SILENCE)
- SAMUEL: (WHISPERS) Mrs Roach can we come and stay the night?
- Gracie, I'm so sorry. GRACIE: (ON PHONE) Has someone broken into the house? - Sam said that... - No, no, no. We're fine. Samuel's just being very disobedient again. GRACIE: Oh, I was so worried
- I told you not to call anyone and you deliberately disobeyed me. Do you want to frighten Mrs Roach? An old lady who can hardly walk? Do you want to make her sick?
- (YELLS) Get that bloody thing off!
- Is this the only way I can trust you not to embarrass me in front of our neighbours?
- I'm sorry, Mummy. It's just that the Babadook made you crash the car and then... What'd you say? I said the Babadook... The Babadook isn't real, Samuel. He's just something you've made up in yo
- SAMUEL: I feel sick. If you don't take the pill, you'll feel worse. Mum, I don't think I need... I am the parent and you are the child so take the pill.
- (MACABRE MUSIC PLAYS) (GROWLS)
- Ohh! (GASPS, PANTS) (YELLS) Mum!
- Come here, sweetie. Hey? Hey. Hey!
- There's more where that came from.
- Aarggh! - VOICEOVER: What's the secret? - (MACABRE MUSIC PLAYS) WOMAN: ..letter of Max's, didn't you? MAN: No, not for a minute. WOMAN: Don't lie. You called me a jezebel. Why? - MAN 2: The nor
- - WOMAN 3: Only five... - (WHIRRING) MAN 3: You don't wanna go in there all by yourself, do you?
- REPORTER: Police say the woman used a kitchen knife to stab her son. His body was found in their basement. The woman later attacked officers with a knife. They drew their guns and shot her to de
- But you're the one who's asleep, sweetheart.
- Ohh... I thought you were dead. I thought you were dead.
- You just need to bring me the boy.
- You mean Samuel? (DEEP VOICE) You can bring me the boy.
- You can bring me the boy. Stop calling him 'the boy'. I think it's going to rain. (GASPS, PANTS) (GASPS)
- (SCREECHING) (SCREAMS, CRIES)
- It isn't real. It isn't real. It isn't real.
- (WOMAN ON TV SCREAMS) Oh, no. (WHIMPERS) (BREATHES HEAVILY) (PANTS) No! No!
- (GROWLS, BARKS) (BUGSY CONTINUES BARKING)
- (BUGSY STOPS BARKING) (TURNS TV OFF)
- - (AMELIA GRUNTS LOUDLY) - (BUGSY'S NECK SNAPS)
- - (SHOUTS) - (TOOTH COMES LOOSE)
- (TOOTH CLATTERS ON FLOOR) (BREATHES HEAVILY)
- Bugsy's hurt and we need to get help.
- You don't want him to die, do you?
- Samuel. Are you listening to me?
- Let me in, you little shit! Let me in! (VOICE DEEPENS) Let me in! Let me in! Let me in! (GRUNTS)
- You little pig! Six years old and you're still wetting yourself. You don't know how many times I wished it was you, not him, that died. I just want you to be happy. (MOCKING) "I just want you
- Sometimes... I just wanna smash your head against a brick wall until your fucking brains pop out. You're not my mother. - What did you say? - (SHOUTS) I said you're not my mother! I am your mot
- I'm sorry, love. I know it's late. I just wanted to make sure you were OK. I'm OK. I know... this time of year's terribly hard for you. And I know you don't want me to go on about it, so I won'
- I understand you're scared. I haven't been good since your dad died. I haven't been good at all.
- We're going to stay there tonight. Do you want that?
- I want to make it up to you, Sam.
- I want you to meet your dad. It's beautiful there.
- (GRUNTS) - (SHOUTS) - Mum! Mum! I'm not leaving you.
- (SCREAMS) (LAUGHS) You said we'd protect each other.
- I know you don't love me. The Babadook won't let you. But I love you, Mum. And I always will.
- You let it in. You have to get it out!
- I don't want you to go away. No! No! No! Mummy!
- Mummy! Mummy! Mummy! Mummy! Mummy! (CRIES) Mummy! Mummy! (DRAWS BREATH)
- What is it? You can't get rid of the Babadook.
- Put your seat back, sweetheart. 10 more minutes and we're there.
- (HORN BLARES FAINTLY) I think it's gonna rain. Stop! (TYRES SCREECH)
- (LOW GROWL) You are nothing. (SNARLING, HISSING)
- You are trespassing in my house! (SCREECHING) (GROWLING)
- If you touch my son again I'll fucking kill you! (SCREECHING, ROARING) (SAMUEL SCREAMS)
- Watch out for your mum's leg, little one. He's fine. I've had the stitches out. What time's the party? Any time after three is fine. I'll see you in a few hours, then. Bye. Bye, Sam. PRUE: Tha
- My husband died the day that Sam was born. He got killed driving Mum to the hospital to have me. Sam's just like his dad was. Always speaks his mind. Well, parties are lots of fun, especially w
- Good shot. Look, there's another one! Where's your bowl?
- Wow. You've got a lot today. Am I ever gonna see it? One day, when you're bigger.
- You go outside, and you don't come in until I tell you.
- Argh! It's alright. (GASPS) It's alright. It's alright. Shhh... Shhh... Shhh... Shhh... Shhh...
- How was it? It was pretty quiet today.
- It's getting much better, Mum.
- Life is not always as it seems. Nothing in my hands. Nothing in my hands.
- - That's great! - I haven't finished.
- How did you do that? (LAUGHS)
Amelia - Essie Davis
Samuel - Noah Wiseman
Claire - Hayley McElhinney
Robbie - Daniel Henshall
Mrs. Roach - Barbara West
Oskar - Benjamin Winspear
Ruby - Chloe Hurn
Beverly (as Jacqy Phillips) - Jacquy Phillips
Norma - Bridget Walters
Old Woman in Corridor - Annie Batten
Principal - Tony Mack
Teacher - Carmel Johnson
Supermarket Mum (as Tiffany Lyndall Knight) - Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
Supermarket Little Girl - Lucy Hong
Checkout Chick - Sophie Riggs
Kissing Woman - Lotte Crawford
Kissing Man - Chris Roberts
Doctor - Terence Crawford
Warren - Craig Behenna
Prue - Cathy Adamek
Magician (as Steven Sheehan) - Stephen Sheehan
Eastern Suburbs Mum - Pippa Wanganeen
Eastern Suburbs Mum - Peta Shannon
Eastern Suburbs Mum - Michelle Nightingale
Police Sergeant - Adam Morgan
Young Policeman - Michael Gilmour
Young Policeman - Craig McArdle
Fast Food Mum - Alicia Zorkovic
Fast Food Kid - India Zorkovic
Fast Food Kid - Isla Zorkovic
Fast Food Kid - Charlie Crabtree
Fast Food Kid - Ethan Grabis
Fast Food Kid - Sophie Allan
Car Guy - John Maurice
The Babadook - Tim Purcell
Bugsy - Hachi
School Child - Cullen Gorman
Man at party - Jacob Francis Worrall