In 2014, The Babadook was released. An Australian horror story, the film was directed and written by Jennifer Kent, and based on a short film she’d written and directed that was simply called Monster. The story features a widow named Amelia and her son Sam, a boy who is convinced that the monster in his book Mister Babadook is real and, as the book says, will torment him now that he knows it exists. Amelia initially dismisses this, but finds herself convinced otherwise as increasingly strange and disturbing things happen to her and Sam. Made with a budget of only $2 million, the film has earned several times that amount and won international critical acclaim. And in 2017, the film’s titular monster is now a recurring symbol for Pride Month.
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