Hollywood’s new “it couple” is the Babadook and Pennywise

It can be horrifying to merely be alive in 2017, for myriad reasons. Hell, the endlessly sensationalist American Horror Story even set its current season in our world. Perhaps this increasing anxiety and paranoia is why we’ve flocked to horror films like Get Out and now It in record numbers—there’s something almost…

The Babadook to raise bababucks at special LGBT charity screenings

The origins of the whole “Babadook as gay icon” meme are as mysterious as those of the top-hatted entity himself, maybe even more so. After all, we know he’s the corporeal incarnation of unresolved grief. But wherefore came the glitch that put the movie in Netflix’s LGBT film section, inspiring the deadpan caption—“so…

The Babadook is now a gay icon because the people willed it to be so

The Babadook is one of the best horror movies of this decade, its tale of a storybook monster made manifest through a woman’s rage and anxieties. It delivers both inventive scares and potent metaphors. But, because one’s art is no longer their own once it’s released into the wild, The Babadook itself is now serving…

What supposedly terrifying movie doesn’t scare you?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The Witch is a different kind of horror movie and that’s okay

The past few years have seen a bit of a boom in art-house horror flicks, the three most prominent being The Babadook, It Follows, and The Witch. And while they’re very clearly different films, these three supernatural tales have at least one thing in common: very disparate and impassioned reactions from audiences. …

On The Babadook, It Follows, and the new age of unbeatable horror

There’s an old saying that one is an example, two is a coincidence, and three is a trend. That’s especially true when it comes to horror, where either because of synchronicity or cold commercial calculation, trends bubble up seemingly overnight, and then dominate the genre for years. One slasher film is an anomaly.…

The 25 best horror movies since 2000

Ask horror-movie buffs to name their favorite decade for the genre, and you’ll likely receive a variety of answers. The ’30s had several of Universal’s classic roster of monsters. The ’40s had Val Lewton. The ’70s had zombies, and giant sharks, and Texas chain saw massacres. (The ’70s is a good choice.) But at the…

Read This: What’s the best horror film of the 21st century?

Is there a way to use ratings, scores, user input, and other analytics to define the single “best” film? It’s uncertain but at least one man set out to try just that by using MetaCritic, IMDB, and Rotten Tomatoes in order to figure out the best horror film of the 21st century. Mark Hofmeyer of Movies, Films, And Flix…

Why was The Babadook’s Essie Davis never a viable Best Actress candidate?

Jennifer Kent’s fledgling fright flick The Babadook is one of the most acclaimed horror movies of the last few years, an instant classic about a single mother fending off the malicious advances of a storybook boogeyman. For all its primo scares, though, the film’s value extends far beyond its ability to put hairs on…

What’s your favorite movie of 2014 that didn’t make our “best of” list?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The best of film 2014: The ballots

We voted, we tallied, we made a list: The A.V. Club’s tribute to the best films of 2014 was democratically assembled, with each of its six contributors submitting a ranked inventory of their favorites. The individual ballots are below, each affixed with six superlatives, including an outlier (a film that made one list…