An American nanny is shocked that her new English family's boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.
Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares - and darkest secrets - over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway.
In the heat of the summer, a lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields, lives nine-year-old twin brothers who are waiting for their mother. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before. The children start to doubt that this woman is actually their mother. It emerges an existential struggle for identity and fundamental trust. Written by
Ulrich Seidl Film
A Neatly Crafted & Brilliantly Executed Chiller From Austria
Concealed with a thin veil of mystery, accompanied by truly arresting imagery, and making brilliant use of horror elements over the course of its runtime, Goodnight Mommy is a methodically crafted Austrian chiller that relies on its ominous atmosphere & violent content to deliver the scares and is a neatly executed example of its genre.
Set in an isolated lakeside house, the story of Goodnight Mommy follows 9-year old twin brothers who are reunited with their mother after she returns home following a cosmetic facial surgery but is acting a whole lot differently than before. Suspecting her to be an imposter, the boys attempt to find out the whereabouts of their real mother through any possible means.
Written & directed by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala, the surprising twist of Goodnight Mommy is quite evident in the earlier scenes even though the filmmakers try to navigate the viewers towards a different conclusion. While that may ruin the remaining picture for some viewers, it's the patient approach with which all its events unfold that makes it earn a few extra points in the end.
Production design team does a commendable job in assembling its sumptuous looking set pieces while the isolated location provides it a sinister setting. Cinematography is a definite highlight for the narrative is beautifully photographed, the slow but fluid camera movements effortlessly create an immersive environment, and the eerie performances from its cast keeps it all glued together.
On an overall scale, Goodnight Mommy would've been more effective if it had managed to keep its secret a secret until the final reveal but nonetheless makes up for an uncanny experience that may still surprise a few with its unrestrained violence. The dark, dreadful ambiance is right on mark, the story is engaging for the most part, it handles its genre tropes quite well and although it fails to bring anything new into the world of horror, it still makes up for a chilling cinematic experience.
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