Maybe some people saw the twist coming, but I certainly didn’t! Everything I thought I knew about Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s Goodnight Mommy completely changed; every choice that the three main characters make throughout the film is fully informed by the final turning point in this film. It makes me want to go back and watch the film again. That’s how cinema should be made!
Goodnight Mommy is an artfully made, psychological horror film in the mold of recent art-house horrors like Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook and David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, this film earns our fear. There is some viscerally, disturbing violence in this movie, which I won’t give away, but the graphic images lingered in my head long after the credits rolled.
This is an Austrian-German film, so there is subtitles. Please don’t let that dictate whether you watch this film or not. If you’re a fan of horror films, you have to see this. If you’re a fan of cinema in general, then you absolutely need to see this! With stunning imagery, impeccable performances, and masterful direction, Goodnight Mommy confirms the horror-genre to be worthy of critical acclaim and mainstream audience’s respect. Its themes of grief and paranoia run deep, making it as much thought-provoking as it is entertaining.
Goodnight Mommy is Austria’s official selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards.
In Select theaters now!