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Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 The Babadook
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A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

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The Isolation at the Heart of Australian Horror Nina Culley , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , November 2020;

'Australian horror films have always had a unique fascination with the continent’s landscape. Though the genre has evolved from the Ozploitation era into more complex territory, it remains moulded by the terra nullius myth and a colonial sense of disconnection from the land. '

Monstrous Motherhood : Summoning the Abject in 'The Babadook' Adolfo Aranjuez , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Screen Education , no. 92 2019;
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Homespun Horror : The Making Of The Babadook Erin Free , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 22 May 2019;
Babashook : The Babadook, Gay Iconography and Internet Cultures Renee Middlemost , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , vol. 8 no. 1 2019; (p. 7-26)

'Upon its 2014 release, Australian film The Babadook (Kent, 2014), gained critical acclaim worldwide. While the film gathered high praise, its domestic release was impeded by a lack of marketing support and ongoing debate about the quality of Australian horror films. By 2015, The Babadook was available to stream on Netflix in the United States, and one would imagine, to gradually fade from view. Yet a seemingly innocent categorization error on Netflix in 2016, which listed The Babadook as an LGBT interest film, resulted in a revival of the film’s popularity as a cult film and the emergence of the Babadook as ‘a frightening, fabulous new gay icon’. This article will trace the production history of The Babadook from its theatrical release through to its Netflix premiere and the evolution of the Babadook as a gay icon. Using Jenkins et al.’s work on spreadable media, the influence and spread of Internet content will be highlighted against the backdrop of contemporary political movements. In turn I will propose a number of categories essential to gay iconography, and explore how Internet cultures continually refine and expand these categories for widespread dissemination. The case study of the Babadook’s representation at American Pride Month in June 2017 will be used to illustrate the ability of Internet cultures to appropriate popular culture for political impact in marginalized communities.'  (Publication abstract)

Haunted Art House : The Babadook and International Art Cinema Horror Amanda Howell , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Screen in the 2000s 2018; (p. 119-139)
Uses The Babadook as an example to explore the tensions between 'genre' (horror) film and 'arthouse' film in terms of conception and critical reception.
Shivers Down The Spine Fiona Purdon , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 17 May 2014; (p. 16)

— Review of The Babadook Jennifer Kent , 2013 single work film/TV
'...Kent's directorial debut The Baba-dook, a psychological thriller starring Essie Davis, achieved five-star reviews and created such a buzz at this years Sundance Film Festival that she has been wooed by Hollywood's leading agents...'
New Life in Horror Genre David Stratton , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 May 2014; (p. 14-15)

— Review of The Babadook Jennifer Kent , 2013 single work film/TV
The Best of Australian Arts 2014 : Film Margaret Pomeranz , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 105 2014; (p. 64-65)

— Review of The Babadook Jennifer Kent , 2013 single work film/TV
The Babadook Review – A Superbly Acted, Chilling Freudian Thriller Peter Bradshaw , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian , 24 October 2014;

— Review of The Babadook Jennifer Kent , 2013 single work film/TV
Monstrous Motherhood Alexandra Heller-Nicholas , 2014 single work
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , October 2014;

— Review of The Babadook Jennifer Kent , 2013 single work film/TV
Australia Rides Creative High Ed Gibbs , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 23 January 2014; (p. 30)
Thrills, Action at Film Fest Fiona Purdon , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 6 April 2014; (p. 18-19)
Chilling Finale for Film Feast 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 13 April 2014; (p. 39)
Horror-Struck Supporters Stepped In Penelope Debelle , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 10 May 2014; (p. 9)
Motherly Love a Horror Nick Dent , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 18 May vol. 18 May no. 2014; (p. 81)
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