The Babadook ★★½

Thumbs Up: Intriguing premise, cool creature design, Essie Davis gives a gut-wrenching performance, good sound design.

Thumbs Down: Dodgy supporting performances, the possession element is problematic for our alignment with the character, a little too derivative of its inspirations (specifically Rosemary's Baby, The Shining and the Exorcist), the editing in the first half is irritatingly over-cranked, the second half plays out predictably, I've heard the whole drug-addict theory and if that's true it's too subtle to be effective.

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