Goodnight Mommy (2014).

May 7, 2017

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IMDb: Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don’t recognize.

 

As you can see from the stills above, this movie can be a minimalist’s horror film dream. The silences plus the methodical use of negative space are successful in creating the movie’s whole feel, as well as tableau shots, that’s very eerie, tense and unnerving (again, refer to those freaky stills above).

I absolutely abhor torture films, the reason why I still couldn’t get myself into watching Michael Haneke’s Funny Games. So I was just squirming from my screen, eyes and ears fully covered, during its final act because what was happening was horrible and super disturbing and obviously I don’t need it in my life.

Of course, I’d take glances every now and then and so I could tell that the torture parts are done so tastefully (oh god i feel sick for saying that) so kudos to these amazing female directors.

Just a very slight carping about the film, the mystery/twist feels very familiar and derivative. It was too evident and so I already figured out what the other twin was 10 minutes from the start.

This film as a whole is one of the most disquieting films I’ve seen recently and left me shaken and shook for some terrible minutes.

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