Parenthood is scary. The “creepy kid” sub-genre is well-trodden ground at this point; from Damien to the Good Son, the intellectual frisson of horror and violence in the innocent form of a child is kind of played out. Even “creepy kid sings a creepy song” has become a cliché. But The Babadook cuts through those clichés and surfaces a fresh and original nightmare. The tale of a young widow bringing up her son alone, tormented by insomnia and invasive thoughts and deeply troubled by the stories her boy is telling her of a monster from a storybook, it gets at some of the most basic terrors of having a child: what’s the relationship between fear of your kid and fear for your kid? Is it okay to be afraid of being a parent? How can grief and loss distort a person, and how do you prevent your own psychological damage from reverberating down to your children? Sometimes people make their own monsters, and if you can’t conquer yours, how can you learn to live with them?
2014 / Not Rated / 1h 33m / Horror
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