The Babadook ★★½

Director Jennifer Kent's convictions in building a genuinely creepy aura over cheap scares is admirable, and some of The Babadook's more sinister moments are potently so. But too often it descends into the realms of other contemporary horrors, riffing on the tropes of its more iconic predecessors, particularly in the final third; there's Paranormal Activity throughout, a bit of Poltergeist too, but one scene shamelessly pastiches - almost to the word - a sequence from The Shining.

It builds up an atmosphere that feels fresh amongst its contemporaries, but a last minute montage of nods to other, better films and an ending that feels lost lets the whole picture down.