The hype surrounding this indie Australian horror film is already unreal, so we'll keep our praise to two simple words: Watch it.
The Babadook opens on Amelia, a widowed mother (Essie Davis), who's struggling to raise Samuel, her six-year-old son (Noah Wiseman). She's exhausted, on a mental teeter-totter, and finding it harder and harder to love the erratic child, who's a bit mentally unstable himself.
And then there's the monster.
This is pure horror, far removed from the typical grab bag of jump scares and loud, jarring audio cues you find in most horror movies. Yeah, it can be uncomfortable. It's probably not for everyone. But it's also touching, heartwarming, and impossibly human in its emotions. The relationship between Amelia and Samuel is as real as it gets. Put simply, The Babadook is so fresh, so far removed from cliché, that it'll probably start a few new clichés of its own given enough time. This film will be emulated and studied for years to come.
But don't let that put you off. It's a fun, approachable watch, with one of the creepiest film antagonists since Hannibal Lecter. Well worth your time if you like a good scare.