in about 100 words or less
Director: Jennifer Kent; Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Ben Winspear
A truly frightening psychological horror film, The Babadook relies on the audience’s imagination and the fears of a six-year-old boy and his distressed mother who become fixated on an imaginary monster found in a children’s book. Based on the image of Lon Chaney’s “The Man in the Beaver Hat”, from London After Midnight (1927), the Babadook takes possession of anyone who becomes aware of his existence. Described as a metaphor for grief that accompanies death, Kent’s dark creation is universally frightening and timeless monster (Klaus Ming April 2017).