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The Babadook is a creepy, expertly crafted debut Australian feature that has been a critical and audience favorite. A single mother (Essie Davis), whose husband died in a car crash while she was on the way to the delivery room, is left to raise their son on her own. Now 6 years old, Samuel has behavioral issues, including constantly fearing monsters in the closet.
"The presence grows when, one evening, Samuel picks a mysterious book from his nighttime reading shelf. The utterly morbid Mister Babadook unsettles the tyke, mother, and viewer alike, as director Jennifer Kent crafts an eerie, truly threatening atmosphere out of close-ups of Edward Gorey-like simple pop-up paper and the rhyming structure of its harsh, murderous prose.” —Fangoria
“This is very much a woman’s perspective horror film—it would have emerged as a very different (and probably far less effective) film with a male director, one suspects—that charts the isolation, desperation, madness, fears, and stress that someone goes through. Kent is also not afraid to take the film into dark places and have Essie Davis venting anger and hatred at her own child—an almost taboo subject for Hollywood who venerates the family ideal above almost all else.” —moria.co.nz