A widowed mother faces her worst fears when her emotionally troubled son finds a disturbing pop-up book titled The Babadook that seems to be finding its way into their reality. This is a very well made, creepy and often disturbing mash-up of the claustrophobic horrors of Polanski's "Repulsion", combined with the hostility towards a troubled child from "The Shining". The Babadook gives us intrigue and dread rather than overt jump-scares, and the acting is impeccable. The plot, however, is paper-thin and the directing falls a bit short of the material, with the movie eventually becoming a repetitive "let's see what scares come next" formula in the third act. Still, The Babadook is time well spent, and a welcome respite from the usual. If you were a kid (or have a kid) who was afraid of the monsters that might lurk in the dark corners of your house, The Babadook will hit all the right notes. And damn, I want to get a copy of that pop-up book! 4 out of 5 stars.
"I'LL SHOW YOU THE LIFE OF THE MIND!!!" - Barton Fink