The Babadook ★★★★½

rewatched for the first time since i saw it in 2014. so good! this film manages to both be scary and moving at the same time, which is a crazy combination that i actually don't think happens very often. it works both on the level of being a gripping horror film, but also is full of really rich metaphor, with an interesting perspective on grief that opens up for the audience to think about it in a new way. i kind of read it as grief not being something you should let dominate your life but you can't also ignore it entirely, and there are healthy ways to embrace those feelings a bit without letting them control you.