It’s refreshing to see that other countries take horror movies more seriously than most people do here in the United States.  The Babadook took home three oscars at the Australian Oscars this year, winning best picture, director and screenplay.   Silence Of The Lambs was the last horror movie to get any significant attention here, when it won five Oscars way back in 1991.

Jennifer Kent’s acclaimed directorial debut has certainly got a fair amount of buzz in the US but due to their release strategy they were not able to qualify for the academy awards.  So it’s hard to say if The Babadook would have received any award consideration from the Academy, but one thing is for sure – it’s time for The Academy to get with the times,  a day and date film release should not disqualify you for the Oscars.  VOD releases will continue to take over and The Academy should give these films the credit they deserve.

the babadook

Written and directed by newcomer Jennifer Kent the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

“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 behavior, 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.”



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