12 Most Overlooked and Oddball Movies of 2014

From non-Hollywood action extravaganzas to hipster-vampire flicks, these movies flew under the radar — and rank among the year's best

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'The Babadook'

Inarguably the late-breaking sleeper hit of 2014, this Australian movie about a boy, his mom and an imaginary top-hatted, homicidal friend is slowly but surely finding fans outside of the early-adopter horror-flick crowd. It also continues to get a lot of "Wait, do you mean that baba ganoush movie people are talking about?" type of responses, so for those who are still in the dark, here's what you need to know about Jennifer Kent's extraordinary first feature: It's one of the most unusual, unnerving nailbiters in recent memory. It feels like it was made by someone with at least a handful of previous movies under her belt. It says more about grief, trauma and parenting than a dozen Oscarbait flicks. William Friedkin said he's never seen a more terrifying film, and this man directed The Exorcist. It's an incredible work by any name, even a nonsensical one.