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  1. "The Babadook" has received near-universal acclaim. While I grant that it's scary as hell, I'm also going to venture into the heretical by saying that it's overrated (being "overrated" doesn't mean it's not a terrific film; it just means it's overrated). That said, the two principal actors, Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman, are fantastic - just about perfect in their roles - and writer-director Jennifer Kent is surely a name to remember going forward. A fusion of "Rosemary's Baby," "The Sixth Sense," "The Exorcist," "Halloween," "The Gashlycrumb Tinies," "The Shining," "The Thing," and "Poltergeist," my primary beef with The Babadook is that it's a "best of" melange from all (no, really: ALL) of those films, without any truly original ideas - it's this reason, plus the ending (which simply doesn't work for me), that make me say critics are being too hasty in doling out their unchecked praise. When you finish watching it, go back over my list of films here, and think about how it was influenced by each and every one of them in terms of thematics (instead of "Poltergeist," to take one example, I could have listed any of twenty haunted-house movies, but there's at least one "trait" from each of these films that is strongly represented in "The Babadook" - it's like a highlight reel of horror). If you like a good, intelligent scare (but don't enjoy body horror or gratuitous violence, because this has relatively little of those), "The Babadook" is a good choice for you - I found it on Netflix, and it's apparently elsewhere as well. And definitely don't let my "overrated" comment mislead you - I absolutely recommend this film. William Friedkin, director of "The Exorcist," wrote, "I've never seen a more terrifying film than 'The Babadook.'" "The Babadook" on rottentomatoes.com "'The Babadook': The Scariest Movie of 2014 is Now on Netflix" by Olivia Armstrong on decider.com "On "The Babadook," "It Follows," and the New Age of Unbeatable Horror" by Noel Murray on avclub.com
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