After months of anticipation dating back to Matt’s Sundance review, I finally had the opportunity to check out The Babadook this week and it didn’t disappoint. Writer/director Jennifer Kent‘s film doesn’t just deliver consistent scares. It’s as moving and emotionally taxing as anything I’ve seen from the genre in years. Anchored by terrific lead performances from Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman, the pic is a grueling look at fear, resentment, and a single mother’s inability to cope with the constant presence of the two. From a horror perspective, The Babadook is extremely effective throughout as Kent delivers suspense, tension, and terror with deftness I wouldn’t expect from someone making their feature debut. Thematically, the film separates itself from the pack in the way it challenges viewers to acknowledge a piece of the human condition that is best kept latent, but exists nonetheless. Make no mistake, this is a scary film. Still yet, I would recommend The Babadook even to those who typically shy away from the genre due to the unique way it tells a touching story of a mother and son learning to live with loss.
My weekly recommendation out of the way, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Nightcrawler, a ton of Phase 3 news from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first look at Terminator: Genisys, a trailer for the horror film Starry Eyes, and write-ups for some of the staff’s favorite Halloween movies. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.