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The Babadook

The Babadook posterDirector: Jennifer Kent

Writer: Jennifer Kent

Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West

Cert: 15

Running Time: 93mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Check under the bed, in the wardrobe and lock all the doors, the debut of Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent may cause a spate of impromptu late night OCD. Essie Davis is superb as a single mother battling with grief, loneliness, insomnia and the growing realisation that the monster her troubled son fears may not be a work of fiction. A new nightmare is a-knocking. Let him in.

The Babadook - Essie Davies, Daniel Henshall, storybookThe Babadook - Essie Davies, Daniel Henshall

The verdict: In a genre currently rife with sequels, reboots and rip-offs, horror newcomer Jennifer Kent has managed to tap into familiar terrors but create an original experience.

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