I watched this movie recently and loved it and I really couldn’t help myself not writing about it. I would call it something between drama and horror but it’s listed under the horror genre so for now let’s go with that.
“Goodnight Mommy” is an Austria horror film original titled as “Ich Seh Ich Seh” and directed by Severin Fiala and Veronica Franz. While both are kind of new to this they actually delivered one of the best horror/mystery movies I’ve ever watched and I’m looking forward to see more of their work in the future.
The film centers around two twin boys Lukas and Elias played by Lukas Schwarz and Elias Schwarz who are also twins in real life, and their strange relationship with their mother who is portrayed by Susanne Wuest. The mother, whose name is unknown throughout the film, has recently done a face plastic surgery and when she returns home after a long time, the twins are convinced that this is not their real mother but someone else.
The mother looks very suspicious indeed and the reaction of the twins after her every single move makes you question whether she is or she is not who she says she is. The twins on the other hand pass their fears and insecurities towards the mother so unbelievable right that you can actually sympathize with them and fear for the fate of their lives. Because what is more terrifying than two children having a stranger coming to their house and taking over their real mother’s life and pretending to be her?
The film’s atmosphere is what really keeps your interest intact throughout the story and along with the fact that the boys can manage to make you feel uncertain about their fate and safety makes you unease and desperate to see how this is going to come out. Compared to all the incidents that unfold in the plot, this movie will have you on pins and needles until the last minute. And because the whole story unravels in one house only, it manages to get you attached to it and relate with every scene and every unique act that happens in there.
The actors deliver their best performances and to think that these twins are so young and yet they are perfect for their roles and they put their unique touches on every scene making you question if you should worry about them or if you should consider the fact that maybe they are evil or simply mental. On the contrary the mother is shady, weird, not convincing when she needs to be, irrational and suspicious enough to make you question her true identity and eventually these three actors put together make the movie spectacular, horrific and simply genius.
The story is something new that you don’t get to watch in other movies of the same genre. It unravels slowly while giving you the time to completely digest everything that’s happening before moving to the next unreasonable or terrifying scene. Plus, the fact that it is a movie which didn’t need jump scares to make you commit to it makes it even more worthwhile and simply awesome. And until the end, you won’t know what is really going on and if the mother is crazy or the boys are or if what you watch is really so clear. Because what is better than a movie that gives nothing away until the very end when it finally drops the bomb?
“Goodnight Mommy” is a unique horror movie which sends chills down your spine without having to scare you with unnecessary jump scares. The atmosphere and the actors’ performances are enough to have you stuck on your couch until the very end.
And if you are worried about the fact that it’s an Austrian film and that the dialogs are in German, don’t be. They don’t speak much and when they do, you forget about the language and you are focused on their expressions and on what they are saying. Because these two boys are explicit in setting your concentration to more important things than the sound of their voice or the language they speak.
Check it out and get ready to have your mind blown.
I’ll be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.
Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.
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