The Babadook ★★★★½

Very rare is that horror film that genuinely frightens me. That makes me turn all the lights on, jump at every creak or groan in the house and double check under the bed, behind the door and in the wardrobe. The Babadook is that film. This film scared me. I'm scared now thinking about it. The feature directorial debut of Jennifer Kent, The Babadook is both a terrific allegory for grief and depression, and a fucking terrifying ghost story. The eerie sound design, the sumptuous shadows and a jawdropping lead performance from Essie Davis as the widow pushed to breaking point. Just such a tense and frightening film, such a permeable atmosphere of unease and terror throughout. Brilliant.

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