I'm not joking when I say that The Babadook just may slot in as one of the scariest films I have ever seen. It's a film I missed in cinemas (although I'm sure that would've added to the overall experience), but I've been looking forward to for several months now. I'd heard amazing things and at this point in time it seemed that there'd be no way that the film could exceed my enormous expectations. Well, I was wrong. The Babadook blew me away on so many levels. It's a film with little jump scares, but with a magnitude of suspense. There's a constant sinister atmosphere present throughout, this atmosphere always coming off as threatening, haunting and rather dangerous.
While the execution is slow, when things hit the fan they hit it hard. It's a film that takes its time in setting up the central characters, the story and the actual babadook. With some brilliant direction and cinematography, this slow build up is worth it, for when things hit the fan (and they do) the film takes on a whole other level of amazing. It's terrifying and will leave you trembling, or at least it did for me anyway.
And speaking of her son, Noah Wiseman also gives a powerful performance, slotting in as one of the better child performances of the year. I honestly can't believe that this child was following along with any sort of script. His performance is so natural and worrying, full of unexpected decisions and rather abusive reactions to things. It's shocking, but, like with Davis, believable. He probably won't slot in as one of the top performances of the year, but as far as children go, he just may top it. The male one anyway.