10 April 2016

Goodnight Mommy, 2014 - ★★★½

Talented horror film makers often seem to fall back on the things they like doing rather than the things they seem much better at. This shouldn't necessarily be a bad thing but it often means that the final film has a split personality and it's unclear who it will appeal to. The first part of Goodnight Mommy is incredibly creepy, well made, atmospheric, slow and intriguing. The only real twist in the film is that it becomes a gory sadistic horror towards the end. Some people will like both aspects but I imagine most people will only like one part and be put off by the other. It's a shame because there's a lot of depth to the story, a lot of which I didn't realise until the next day and I suspect may be overlooked by people because of either the slowness or the gore.

Disclaimer: It was another late night screening and I'm getting too old and tired so some of the film may have been lost on me at the time.

April 10, 2016 at 05:22PM

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