The Babadook (Jennifer Kent – 2014) B+

Good horror movies are ones where they just fill you with a feeling of dread. They do not jump up, explain every “rule” and throw the monster in your face. Some of the best ones are ones where you are not even sure if the horror is real or made up in the characters’ minds. I think the Babadook in this film is real but for most of its running time I was not sure if Amelia and her son Samuel are just sharing some kind of psychosis. The direction is solid and uses noise, closeups and shadows very effectively. I also loved performance of the actors playing Amelia and, especially, Sam.


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