The Babadook was a surprise hit from director Jennifer Kent, and has made her one of the hottest names in horror. It was a low-budget movie, but it managed to punch well above its weight and has gained a cult status among horror fans. We love the movie so much that we thought it would be a good idea to round up a list of movies like The Babadook that we also love, let's get into the list:
One of the first movies that sprang to mind when thinking about this list was We Need to Talk About Kevin, mainly because both films feature a disturbed boy tormenting his mother to the point of a breakdown. The Babadook might be a bit more of a traditional horror film, but We Need to Talk About Kevin is definitely scary and sure to stick with you in the same way as The Babadook does.
We chose to include Sinister in this list because of the similar horror elements (The Babadook looks quite a bit like 'Bughuul' from Sinister), plus because both movies show a parent declining to the point where reality and imagination start to blur. We'd probably say Sinister is slightly scarier than The Babadook, but they're still very similar.
The similarities between The Babadook and It Follows mostly lie in the types of scares you get - the 'monster' in It Follows is slow and quiet, similar to how The Babadook operates. They're quite similar in terms of tone too, so we definitely see the comparisons.