Film #63: THE BABADOOK
2.75 out of 5 stars
First time writer/director Jennifer Kent crafts a film about a grief-stricken mother and her small boy encountering and battling a frightening creatures who has been called forth from a mysterious book. Similar in tone to films like THE SHINING, THE BABADOOK looks at how evil uses either isolation (as in THE SHINING) or, as in the case of THE BABADOOK, sleep deprivation to further its goals. Warning: there are some disturbing scenes of violence between the mother and her child, but they are integral to the story Kent wishes to tell. A bit too scary for kids under the teen years, THE BABADOOK has more than its fair share of effective moments. That all said, the ending of the film is pretty weak and a little unfulfilling, but THE BABADOOK is scary, disturbing, and sort of fun.