The Babadook ★★★★

'The Babadook' is riveting human drama that doubles as one of the more effective horror films in recent times. The way in which it balances both those elements is what makes it as good as it is.

The scares in this film are, more often than not, excellent. The film's atmosphere subtlety and masterfully. The jump scares never feel cheap and they're always effective.

The lead performance from Essie Davis was wonderful, and the child actor was pretty good too. My only real complaint with the film is the final five or so minutes, it's just a little ''eh'' but nothing overly major.

'The 'Babadook' is both an excellent horror film AND excellent Australian film. As someone who is trying to break into the Australian film industry, films like this give me hope. Great stuff, check it out if you can!

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