The Babadook
2014
***½
Director: Jennifer Kent
Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall, Barbara West, Ben Winspear

Amelia is close to a breaking point trying to raise her troubled and demanding 6-year-old son Sam, who is convinced that there are monsters in his room. Reading a bedtime story from a creepy pop-up book called Mister Babadook only makes things worse. Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut is an extremely creepy psychological horror film about a mother who begins to fear her own child and what she might do to him. Kent offers sustained tension in place of easy jump scares. Essie Davis gives a stunning performance as Amelia.