The Babadook ★★★★½

Babadook is actually more a psychological drama that uses it's monster as a metaphor for our suppressed fears, our grief, our pain. For Amelia, a widowed mother with a young, difficult child, these fears begin to manifest themselves as a horrendous creature, first in her dreams, later in real life.
What makes the film so scary and touching is that we all can (at least partially) relate to those dark feelings that conjured up the monster.
A tour de force for Essie Davis who gives us a stellar performance as the troubled Amelia. The whole film is highly stylized, in some parts maybe a touch too much, when in becomes almost Tim-Burton-esque, but the atmosphere it creates does work perfectly.

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