The deliberate pace keeps the chilling atmosphere grounded as the supernatural incidents begin to mount – and then Mr. Babadook shows up in wisps of shadows and silhouettes, appearing like German Expressionist demon straight from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This is a beautiful film with stylish transitions, an aural soundscape (again echoing The Shining) that send primal shivers down the spine, and shadowy sets painted in every shade of blue ensuring a gloomy and dark undercurrent.
Everything works and it's a tense, unsettling ride and while it never crosses into full out terror, it does eschews cheap scares or geysers of blood. It falls into the same category of Insidious, a horror movie that relies on psychological terror, minimal effects, open-ended storytelling that allows the audience to use it's imagination. This ultimately is a surprisingly moving story of loss, coping, and the perils of mental health, and easily the best horror movie of 2014.