The scariest book in horror since the Necronomicon isn’t bound in human skin or filled with ancient Samarian incantations; it’s a deceptively innocent pop-up book for kids.
In the recent Australian horror movie The Babadook, a mysterious pop-up book, with artwork reminiscent of Gothic writer-illustrator Edward Gorey, seems to materialize out of thin air. It contains the story of a mysterious dark entity that stalks children at night. To say that Mister Babadook is inappropriate reading for kids is an understatement—unless you want to make sure they never sleep again!
Those who have seen The Babadook may agree that the pop-up book is almost like a character itself. It materializes out of nowhere, and seems to be able to move around by itself. The illustrations are so unnerving they seem to leap off the page at its readers, and the tale seems to expand throughout the film.
If you were as impressed an unhinged by the book within the movie as I was, I’m sure the idea of thumbing through an actual copy sounds both delightful and nerve-wracking. Good News: Not only are actual, physical copies of Mister Babadook currently available for pre-order, you can get a copy signed by the writer/director of The Babadook, Jennifer Kent, if you order in the next 34 days.
Mister Babadook is $60 with a $20 flat shipping rate to anywhere in the world. Find out more and order your own copy: HERE
From the Official Website:
WHO OR ‘WHAT’ IS MISTER BABADOOK?
Mister Babadook is a truly horrible creature with no respect for anyone. He’s also the star of his very own feature film, Aussie Indie horror THE BABADOOK.
THE BABADOOK was the breakout horror hit of Sundance 2014, and has been terrorising audiences around the world ever since. This creepy, expertly crafted feature has been a critical and audience scary favourite, winning a slew of awards for best film, best actress, best director etc. Which suits Mister Babadook just fine because he is a conceited asshole and loves people heaping praise on his film. Mister Babadook is also the name of the pop-up book in the film.
A New Horror Classic
Expect to hear a lot more about The Babadook in the coming weeks as “Best Horror Movies of 2014” lists begin hitting the internet; it’s a film well on its way to becoming a modern classic. Think I’m overhyping it? Legendary director William Friedkin, the man who helmed The Exorcist (arguably the most terrifying movie of all time) had this to say:
“I have never seen a more terrifying film than The Babadook. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me. Phsyco, Alien, Diabolique, and now The Babadook. Thank you for an intense experience with believable characters. Rare today.” Friedkin has even stepped up as an advocate for a wider distribution for the film, Tweeting IFC Films: “C’mon guys, get some more theaters for this classic, terrifying horror film.”
Writer/director Jennifer Kent has already been awarded the Best Film Prize by the New York Film Critics Circle.
Official Synopsis: “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 sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both.
When a disturbing storybook called ‘Mister 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 and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.
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.”
Have you seen The Babadook? Did you like it enough to order your own copy of the pop-up book Mister Babadook? Sound off in the comments section!
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