Its a tale of a woman who lost her husband in a car crash as he drove her to the hospital to have their baby. Seven years later, she takes care of "the boy" (which you don't want to call him) but secretly can't stand him. Lack of sleep, misbehavior at school and on the playground, and social pressures from girlfriends leads to a psychological and murderous mind bend for the mom. And all it takes is a strange child's book character to set off a terrifying, but only mildly bloody, chain of events.
The Babadook doesn't match the horror movies that made the list of my 90 favorite movies of all time, which included:
- Psycho at #1
- Jaws at #3
- Halloween at #40
- A Clockwork Orange at #43
- Friday the 13th at #50
- The Shining at #55
- Silence of the Lambs at #76
- No Country for Old Men at #78
- The Amityville Horror at #84
- Donnie Darko at #85
- Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
- Phantasm II
- 28 Days Later
- The Blair Witch Project
- The Exorcist
- "Hillbilly horror classics" Wrong Turn, Hills Have Eyes, and Wolf Creek, and
- The ever-underrated Rob Zombie's terrifying House of 1,000 Corpses and its follow-up The Devil's Rejects.
For more ideas of what to watch, check out the great horror choices on this list.
And next I must see this year's Get Out, which Rotten Tomatoes jaw-droppingly rates as the top horror flick of all time.