The Babadook opens in select cities this weekend. It screens at Chicago's Music Box Theatre on December 19.
Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook is not quite the horror marvel that some critics are claiming, but it is an effective genre send-up of considerable craft. In what is Kent’s debut, she has a keen eye for detail, insuring that the atmosphere she has shaped is cultivated for maximum fright. But despite the primal fear that she evokes, it’s hard not to shake off the facile narrative or unresolved themes. Despite The Babadook’s remarkable production design and strong performances, this is a film of surface pleasures - scratching beyond the surface leads to more surface.Read More