Goodnight Mommy (2014) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Directed By: Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz
Starring: Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz
Rated: R/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Starz / Anchor Bay
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.
Goodnight Mommy is a movie that really gets to you at times. It is a movie that also plays around with you. You watch this story about twin boys who’s mother may or may not actually be their mother and you watch thinking you have it all figured out, but I personally didn’t have it figured out. I ended up spending soo much time on one thing I totally missed something else and I think that’s a common theme with a lot of folks who watch this movie. The movie could be called a slow burn as we move towards everything being tossed out on the table, but the key thing is, it is an interesting watch regardless. You want to keep watching, you keep trying to find clues, and the movie does its fair share of stepping back and forth between the real and surreal, all the while still trying to creep you out in the process. The movie does a lot to make sure it gives us some of the strangest scenes you’ll probably see all year. It might even tip toe a bit over to the art film category at times, but it never does totally forget it is a horror film and the last act really drives that whole thing home about it. I thing that most of the second half of this movie will be what sticks with most folks and I can certainly see why.
This isn’t an English film and I’d never seen either of the little boys or the person who plays the mother in any other movie before, but they all bring the goods. If you are going to have a small core cast like this, you must have the people who can drive it all home and this one is a movie that accomplishes that very easily and the movie is a much better experience for it. That mixed with the violent stuff and the mystery of the whole film is what makes this one as strong of a film as it turns out to be. I’ve heard people call it the scariest film of the year and maybe in some ways that is a bit true. I do, however, thing is ,it is the hands down the creepiest movie I had seen this entire year and this is a fact that shouldn’t be lost of on folks once you start typing out your end of the year lists. And because of such, I don’t think anyone needs to even try to make a “Best of” list for this year without having at least given this film a watch. It isn’t perfect, but it is a very good movie and it does a lot of cool and weird things that really stand out in the best way possible.
– A conversation with Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz
Quality of Transfer: 97%