Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 234: Sat Aug 23

The Badabook (Kent, 2014): Empire Leicester Square, 6.30, 8.40 & 11pm



This screening takes place on the third night of Fright Fest 2014, the UK's premiere international fantasy and horror film festival. You can find the details of the festival here. I am indebted to horror film expert Nigel Floyd for his suggestions and selections.

Here is the Fright Fest introduction: Repulsion meets 'The Gruffalo' in writer/director Jennifer Kent's Sundance acclaimed debut feature as the unresolved traumas of a conflicted mother and disturbed son manifest as a malevolent entity threatening to consume them both. Amelia (Essie Davis) and her son, Sam (Daniel Henshall), have had a raw deal in life. Her husband Oskar died six years prior while driving her to the hospital pregnant with Sam, and his birthday is a particularly painful reminder. But now things worsen dramatically. Samuel's been having nightmares, and when a mysterious pop-up children's book appears on his shelf titled 'Mister Babadook', he is finally able to put a name to the terror.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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