Freeview film of the day: The Babadook

This Aussie chiller is one of the best horror films of recent years

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The Babadook  ★★★★ 

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9.00-10.50pm Film4

A scary movie for our socially fractured times, but one that mercifully doesn’t rely on graphic gore, The Babadook is the astonishingly assured, sensibly budgeted and original debut by Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent (expanded from her own short). Essie Davis (The Slap) is the stressed suburban Adelaide widow whose six-year-old (Noah Wiseman) becomes infatuated with the eponymous cloaked monster in a pop-up storybook. Weird things occur that suggest perhaps the psychologically delicate boy is causing them, but we are never sure how much is real and how much is in his – or his tired mother’s – mind. I will say no more. But it’s not to be missed.  
 


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