I used the search engine (title search only) and didn't see a thread dedicated to this film, so I took the liberty of starting one.
The film is being released under IFC Midnight. It will hit US theaters in late November. I picked up a copy of the Australian blu ray *(see my comments below).
Here's the latest trailer:
Rottentomatoes page (currently 46 reviews, with 96% positive):
"From breakthrough writer-director Jennifer Kent comes the creepy psychological horror movie THE BABADOOK that has received an explosion of acclaim following its world premiere at Sundance 2014. The film tells of a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, who battles with her son’s night time fear of a shadowy monster. But soon, she discovers a sinister presence is lurking in the house.
With echoes of past and contemporary classics like Rosemary’s Baby, The Tenant, The Exorcist, The Omen and Let the Right One In, the film is an immaculately crafted tale starring Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman. The supporting cast includes Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear."
Original short from the director Jennifer Kent from which Babadook grew from (love the black and white...anyone else see Tim Burton's influence?:
Even though the transfer was 1080i 50hz...I still found it very sharp, well done transfer. I haven't seen the film in the theater, but home version didn't disappoint on the big scope screen. Black levels were very good, along with shadow detail.
The sound was awesome...so much so it tripped my breakers twice during one of the final scenes between mom and babadook. I've added a crowson transducer under my couch to compliment the buttkickers mounted in the second row platform=WOW. The bass effects were fantastic. Several times I thought I was in the room with babadook with the impact of my couch moving due to the strong, but not over done bass effects.
As for the movie, my son and I loved it. The DNA of the movie seemed to have been drawn from (IMHO) Rosemary's Baby (mom paranoid breakdown), the Shinning (parent and child's relationship breakdown parallel's the parent's psychotic breakdown), any bad seed/child maybe evil film you can think of (is the son capable of murdering his parent?).
All that being said, the film that kept coming back to me was "We Need to Talk about Kevin". Was mom blaming inwardly her son's birth for the death of her husband (not a spoiler, since it comes up in many reviews, along with the filmmakers description of the movie)? Tilda's Character blamed her son for the loss of her freedom and never fully bonded with her son, so was that the nurture reason for her son's issues? Or was he born with issues, which would drive him to violence. The same question arose with the son in Babadook, was mom realizing her son maybe was "evil" or psychotic and did his issues stem from her revealing she may actually blame him for her husband's death or was he born with his "issues"?
I thought the film balanced both the real world drama for the mother and her son with the possible demonic evil of Babadook. In my opinion, that was possible due to a well written film and outstanding performances from both of the main actors (mother and son). I know my son found the film son obnoxious. My opinion was we needed to see what others (aunt, teachers, peers) and build upon the mother's own questions about her son. BUT, I also felt the young actor did a terrific job of showing a genuine love for his mother, they revealed a child who did have empathy, but maybe the deck was stacked against him?
I would recommend Babadook for both the performances, writing and solid direction (Tim Burton influence some of the production design...we both thought so). Though it's not a pure horror film, it's demonic Babadook plays an important and sustained role throughout the film. I plan to watch it again this weekend.