The Babadook ★★★

A little disappointed by this one; it's atmospheric as all get-out and extremely stylish, but not particularly scary. Where most mainstream horror movies give you a tiny bit of subtext for a ton of gore and scares, THE BABADOOK goes too far in the other direction: It seems pretty clear right from the opening scenes where the story going and what it all means, and that's pretty much exactly where it goes for the next 90 minutes. There are some touches I really admired (like the fact that the kid is so incredibly annoying that you understand instantly why the mother is at the end of her rope), but it's really more effective as a spooky character study (and a sort of obvious one at that) than as a monster movie.