The Babadook Came Knocking and I Let It In

I did let the right one in… and now it’s scaring me

Caleb Rogers

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Dook. Dook. Dooooook…

A colleague introduced me to this movie, The Babadook, several years ago. Thanks, Steve! He told me about this cool Australian horror movie, that it was somewhat unique, and that I should watch it. Of course, I had to check it out!

Since then, I’ve watched it several times, and have thoroughly enjoyed each watch.

The Babadook has made it into popular culture, as a creature, and has been mentioned in the television show, What We Do in the Shadows, multiple times. According to what I could find on the internet about the subject, this creature was just invented by the writer, Jennifer Kent. Additionally, a Babadook is not based on some previous myth, legend, or creature. This movie only came out in 2014, so for it to penetrate popular culture so fast means it resonated with a wide audience.

According to the What We Do in the Shadows wiki, the creature makes two appearances. I remember one episode where Lazlo mentions some event (I forget what) that had several Babadooks. In the vampire orgy episode, one participant is mistaken for a Babadook — he looks just like one — but really is a Badabook. Such an easy mistake to make…

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Caleb Rogers

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