FILM 1398: THE BABADOOK
TRIVIA: The movie had a campaign where you could buy a copy of 'The Babadook Popup Book' for $80.00. The first 2000 copies are numbered and signed by the director, Jennifer Kent. The book contains popup pictures as well as additional pages not seen in the movie. (The campaign was only opened for a limited amount of time and is no longer available).
Babadook is an anagram of "A bad book"
William Friedkin (director of The Exorcist (1973)) said "I've never seen a more terrifying film than 'The Babadook'".
Of the film's total budget of $2.5 million, $30,071 was raised via Kickstarter. Most of the funds raised from Kickstarter were channeled toward the art department.
Coincidentally the words "Baba-Dookh" in Urdu/Hindi mean "Father-Grief" referring to the fact that Amelia's husband passed away before the events depicted in the film.
The name Babadook was inspired by the Serbian word for boogeyman, babaroga.
According to writer and director Jennifer Kent, the Babadook was designed based on stills from the lost film London After Midnight (1927) starring Lon Chaney Sr.
Jennifer Kent holds the rights to the film, when asked if there would be a sequel she said, "I will never allow any sequel to be made, because it's not that kind of film. I don't care how much I'm offered, it's just not going to happen."