The Babadook: The New Physicality of Ghosts in Horror

Ghosts have traditionally been defined more by absence than presence both in literature and later in film. In this video essay, Grace Lee uses Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook as a jumping off point to discuss a new trend in Independent cinema—depicting ghosts as physical, messy and most definitely there.


video essay by What’s So Great About That?

Genre Style & Conventions

Horror Conventions & Techniques

Psychological Horror

Jennifer Kent

The Babadook