Scene 1 Tue, May 22, 2018 7:00 PM
Event Info
Dialogue:Fear and Loathing: What Happens to Our Brains When We Are Scared
Series Info
Series:Science on Screen
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:95 minutes
Director:Jennifer Kent
Year Released:2014
Production Country:Australia


This screening will be preceded by a scary story told by Catie Councell (Theater MFA, University of Iowa 2018) and a brief presentation on the science of fear by Laurie McCormick (MD, DFAPA Board Certified Psychiatrist & Family Physician)!

"I've never seen a more terrifying film. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me." -William Friedkin, director, The Exorcist

"Deeply disturbing and highly recommended. You don't watch it so much as you experience it." -Stephen King

"The greatest horror stories have little to do with the bogeyman from hell and everything to do with the bogeyman from inside us - which is why Amelia can be the heroine and the villain, and why the movie, under the surface, is essentially an epic struggle within the mind of a single human being." - David Edelstein, Vulture

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her 'out of control' six-year-old, Samuel, 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. Presented as part of Science on Screen® - An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.