The Babadook ★★★★

"If it's in a word, or it's in a look, you can't get rid of the Babadook!"

I've heard so many good things about this one for years now. I missed in in theaters in favor of seeing Frank instead (a decision I have never regretted), but finally caught in on blu-ray just in time for my first Hoop-Tober.

Despite all the internet hype and acclaim, all my friends disliked it and say it's pretty boring and shit overall, but man... They just didn't get it. This is not a film about The Babadook itself. It's about emotional pain, trauma and grief. The Babadook is played as an incredibly clever metaphor. And a very well-executed one at that.

Granted, it gets a bit confusing during the last act (the editing's a little choppy, but I think it was intentional), but nonetheless, this is a pretty well-shot and directed little gem that never, not once, relies on cheap jump scares and easy tricks. Essie Davis gives a career-defining performance.

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