A little boy finds a mysterious book called The Babadook on his bookshelf, and his widowed mother makes it his new bedtime story. Big mistake. Before long the book seems to exert a bad influence on the increasingly disruptive child, who becomes convinced that the Babadook is coming to get them. Director Kent’s debut feature is a truly superior horror, eschewing the slick CGI of recent genre offerings in favour of subtle atmosphere and psychological depth, a natural successor to REPULSION era Polanski.
One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade. ★★★★★
The Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent's bravura new horror pic combines subtlety and psychological depth with some very full-blooded shock tactics. ★★★★★