The Babadook ★★★½

The Babadook’s supernatural element is so clearly tied to real character and real life, that it’s arguably not supernatural at all. Therefore, I liked this much more than I like most horror movies. The monster is a metaphor for grief and loathing one’s own child. The characters are just as volatile and scary as the monster. I can’t blame the kid too much or the parent too much for their erratic behavior--and therefore, my allegiance swayed back and forth. It’s a very clever conceit, and it helps build tension throughout, until a white-knuckler climax.

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