THE BABADOOK Releases First Look

Simon de Bruyn, Contributing Writer
I love it when I hear news that a female director is taking on a genre such as horror, as this pairing always seems to draw different things from the material than one normally sees. 

Just recently, the Soska Sisters seem to have knocked it out of the park with American Mary, and boiling away in Australia are several genre projects with female directors at the helm that I'm getting excited about. 

One of these is The Babadook, a psychological horror from writer/director Jennifer Kent, about a single mother (Essie Davis) who becomes possessed by a monster that wills her to kill her 6-year-old son. The film also stars Daniel Henshall, last seen in Snowtown. It's currently filming in South Australia, and has released some early stills from the film on its Kickstarter page. The film is still seeking funding for post-production. 

Check out a small gallery of images below. I love how the images are composed, with all the characters centrally aligned in the frame. I really hope this is a composition style used throughout the film - it would be great to see the style snatched back from Wes Anderson and made compelling once again. 
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