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imagesWelcome, dear readers, to the 2015 edition of Feminist Halloween, 31 days of spooky media for those who love horror but hate the problematic elements in the genre. These recommendations come with content notes about the films, stories, books, and other media so you can make an informed decision about how you want to be scared!

I’m kicking off this year with Jennifer Kent’s horror film The Babadook, which was the scariest movie I saw in 2014, but not for the reasons  you might think.

“If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.”

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Widowed mother Amelia (Essie Davis), an underpaid careworker, experiences increasing behavioral problems with her precocious but “out of control” six-year-old son Samuel. One night, they read a pop-up book he finds on his bookshelf called Mister Babadook,which describes a monster of sorts who cannot be gotten rid of. Samuel is convinced the Babadook is trying to kill his mother, and he might be right.

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