No matter how much children want a comforting tale to send them off to slumber land, we know that some of the best children's bedtime material is chock full of terrifying creatures and closet lurking terrors just waiting for the moment to strike. It's a base fear exploited by the Australian director in The Babadook.
"I wanted the audience to feel like there was a pair of hands around their necks from the very first frame, getting tighter and tighter," explains Kent. Judging by the early word, she's managed not only that but caught the eye of Hollywood in the process
Kent turned to Kickstarter to scrounge up the funds to make the story of Amelia (Essie Davis), a widow whose husband died six years before, leaving her to struggle with her difficult 6 year-old son Samuel (Noah Wiseman). Samuel's behaviour is at least partly down to the sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both, who appears in his dreams. When a disturbing storybook called The Babadook turns up at their house, Samuel becomes convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about, and his hallucinations spiral out of control. But then Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, and begins to wonder if the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
The Babadook debuts in the UK at the Film4 FrightFest before hitting general release on 24 October.