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‘The Babadook’ brings fresh life to horror genre

Horror film opens at the Enzian this week

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The Babadook brings fresh life and big talent to the horror genre

There is nothing stronger than the bond between a mother and her child. Aussie writer and director Jennifer Kent not only understands that, she also uses it as a device to create tension and unbridled horror in The Babadook. On the surface, it's a modern fable of a family being tormented by a creature from an old storybook. What lies beneath is the struggle of a woman (the unstoppable Essie Davis) trying to find closure, and the breaking down of a family through the eyes of an abnormal child (Noah Wiseman) who just wants to see the only woman in his life happy again.

The tension is real, the scares are genuine and the end product is a classic horror masterpiece that deserves a place among the greats. You'll come for the scares – and stay for the feels.

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