James Thompson’s review published on Letterboxd:
As much a powerful drama as it is a quintessential horror, The Babaddok is exceptional in its tension, ripe in its striking storyline and driven by a fantastic award-worthy turn from Essie Davis.
Very much providing a throwback to the tension-filled days of horror - avoiding unnecessary jump scares and gore - The Babadook is continuously presenting fear yet leaving us teetering on the edge without full exposure. This is what makes the film so striking, so edgy, so ultimately scary.
At the core, this is a story of great presence; the relationship between a mother and son riddled with issues and psychologically damning.
While far from a 100% horror, The Babadook is certainly one of the best within this bracket in some time, but as each page turns there is so much more to be garnered from a truly original and impressive debut feature.