The Babadook has been critically acclaimed and praised for its horrifying premise (can a child’s storybook monster actually be real?) and execution, so in the spirit of the holiday season, IFC Midnight has released a video featuring Santa Claus.
Kris Kringle’s merry chimney excursions take a bit of a violent left turn, unfortunately, and before I spoil the video for you, here it is:
*****The Babadook is now playing in select theaters and is available on VOD.
The Babadook’s Boilerplate Summary:
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 monster he believes is coming to kill them both.
When a disturbing storybook called ‘The 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, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him.
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.