Striking and eerie 'Babadook' a phenomenal standout

December 12, 2014 8:03 AM

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"The Babadook" is urgent, uncanny and entirely disturbing, a dream within a dream within a nightmare. It is the best English language supernatural film of this new century.

In her debut feature, Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent proves herself a stylish filmmaker of serious intent. From composition to cut to children's-book images, Kent creates a fable of domestic horror where madness begets madness. The film is not juvenile for a moment.

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