Ten Things You Might Not Know About …The Babadook!

by William Burns

10.  The name Babadook was inspired by the Serbian word for boogeyman, babaroga

9.  The classic Italian Horror film Black Sabbath directed by Mario Bava can be seen on the TV in one scene.

8.  William Friedkin said “I’ve never seen a more terrifying film than The Babadook”

7.  Babadook is an anagram of “A bad book”

6.  Of the film’s modest budget, $30,071 was raised via Kickstarter.

5.  The film is based on the short film MONSTER, also written and directed by Jennifer Kent

4.  Director Jennifer Kent studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art where she learned acting alongside The Babadook’s lead actor, Essie Davis. 

3.  Kent cited The Thing, Halloween, Les Yeux Sans Visage, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Shining and Let The Right One In as well as Vampyr and Nosferatu as                    influences on the film.

2.  Kent originally wanted to film solely in black-and-white, as she wanted to create a “heightened feel” that is still believable

1.  Kent used stop-motion effects for the monster and said “There’s been some criticism of the lo-fi approach of the effects, and that makes me laugh because it was always      intentional. I wanted the film to be all in camera.”


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