We're not sure what it is about European Horror movies, but man do they ever do atmosphere and tension better than anyone else, and they always have; we're talking all the way back to the heydays of Argento, Fulci, and the like.
Of course the third act of this movie, and its almost obligatory twist, kinda killed it for us, but hey, at least it got it mostly right. Maybe we're just picky.
After having facial reconstruction surgery, Mother returns to her secluded country home where her twin sons, Elias and Lukas, are anxiously waiting for her. Who was watching the kids when she was gone? Apparently no one. They were just kind of running wild, hanging out, and missing their Mom. Maybe that's how things work in Austria.
|EVEN IF THEY'RE COMPLETELY INNOCENT, WE NEVER TRUST TWINS IN HORROR MOVIES. NEVER.|
|"COME GIVE NEW MOMMY A KISS."|
Extreme creepiness ensues.
|LIKE SHE'S NOT GOING TO SEE YOU STANDING THERE?|
On a technical level, Goodnight Mommy is nearly perfect. From the way that they shot the gorgeous, isolated location, to the camera work inside of the house, this movie is about about as well-made as it gets. Euro-Horror flicks like this tend to go (or try to go) the artistic route more often than not, and we love them for it. They also push harder into uncomfortable territory than most of their American counterparts do, which makes us love them even more.
|KIDS: THEY'RE WHAT'S FOR DINNER.|
|MAYBE THIS SCENE DID MAKE US SHIVER. SO WHAT?|
And as far as that twist goes... We figured it out a bit before the movie itself revealed it, but to be honest, we probably should have caught it way earlier. Thinking back on it, it was pretty obvious. We must have been overly-tired or something.
|THAT IS NOT THE FIRST THING THAT YOU WANT TO SEE WHEN YOU WAKE UP.|
|ALSO, EYE VIOLENCE IS NEVER ENTERTAINING.|
If it hits a theater near you this Friday, you should definitely grab yourselves a ticket.
Goodnight Mommy will be in Limited Theatrical release on September 11th. *We were under the impression that the movie would be receiving a simultaneous VOD release on the 11th as well, but that looks like it's not the case. If it does shows up on VOD though, we'll let you know.
Susanne Wuest looks pretty good without all of those creepy bandages on her face.