The Babadook
First screened in October 2014
Director: Jennifer Kent. Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Barbara West, Cathy Adamek, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall, Chloe Hurn, Craig Behenna, Jacqy Phillips, Terence Crawford, Carmel Johnson, Tim Purcell. Screenplay: Jennifer Kent.

Twitter Capsule: With this around, who needs to talk about Kevin? Powerful, unsubtle scares. Peculiar, frazzled energy. Essie!

VOR:   Given visibly low budget, scope of vision and relative polish of execution are remarkable. Adept balance of characterization and scares. Nice to hear a female voice in horror. Quickly making a mark.

Photo © 2014 IFC Midnight/Causeway Films/Smoking Gun Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

New York Film Critics Circle: Best First Feature

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