The Babadook ★★★★

I'd forgotten just how good this movie is. A real inspiration. Not only is it spine-chillingly creepy, it's also a total blast of originality. Mining imagery and ideas from horror classics like 'The Amityville Horror' and 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,' Jennifer Kent creates an entirely new story about how grief and trauma can haunt us worse than any boogieman.

When you neglect yourself, when you allow your self-doubts to crawl around in your mind like cockroaches, you lose control of yourself and become someone else entirely. And the thing is, that grief is always going to be there. It's never, ever going to go away.

You can't get rid of the Babadook -- but you can make peace with it, if you have the will.