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Goodnight Mommy

Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

Austria, 2014

HOME, 9 March 2016

Goodnight Mommy

Nobody gets an easy ride in this unsettling Fiaker of Austrian horror, least of all the viewer.

Set in a salubrious house amid verdant countryside – a Wienerwald idyll – it has two twin lads, angelic choirboy types, pitted against their mother, her face a bruised and battered canvas. Question is: who is the monster, or are they all monsters?

Goodnight Mommy is characterised by skilfully orchestrated suspense and some fine vignettes of visceral fear. The best such scene involves superglue applied to human flesh and, a little while later, after a change of heart – anyone can make a mistake – surgical scissors…

Whilst you would have to say, at the end, that it all does not really amount to much, nonetheless this is a decent horror film, though not quite in the Michael Haneke or Gottfried Helnwein class.

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