As a parent, you deal with fear in so many capacities. You have your own worries about your child’s safety, and you also have to deal with your child’s fears of everything from shots to having her mashed potatoes touch her green beans. Horror movies, while completely supernatural, teach us to take those concerns seriously. The 2014 Australian movie The Babadook comes to mind. It’s about a single mom and her six-year-old son, who is being haunted by a monster. The mom writes it off as a “monster under the bed” fantasy. Of course, the Babadook turns out to be real. It serves as a good, if extreme, reminder that no matter how silly a child’s anxieties seem, the fear behind them is legit. —Aviva Briefel, Ph.D., professor of English and cinema studies at Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine.