Superbly atmospheric and legitimately moving, this gem from the land down under unsettles more than it scares, a modern horror film that actually creates horror. Amelia (Essie Davis in a fantastic leading performance that literally caries the entire movie) is a widowed woman stuck in a dead end job as an orderly, at wits end with her young son, Samuel (Noah Wiseman). Constantly causing problems at school and home, Samuel’s behavior along with Amelia being unable to move on from her husband’s tragic death is slowly making her unravel. But when her son discovers a disturbing pop-up storybook, Amelia becomes convinced someone or something is stalking them. Strange sounds begin permeating the house at night and a mysterious figure all in black follows Amelia wherever she goes. Or is it all in her mind? A nuanced haunted house story centered around the pain of grief and tribulations of parenthood, be sure to catch The Babadook at the Brattle Theatre sometime over the next few days.
5:30, 7:30, 9:30 // Brattle Theatre // $10 General Admission, $8 Student, $7 Senior