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Rated R · 100 minutes · 2015

Horror, Thriller
Goodnight Mommy is definitely, without one doubt, my FAVORITE horror movie of the year. It’s not unlike the first hill of a roller coaster—oh, how the tension builds as you climb and climb, higher and higher, knowing you’re about to face something terrifying when you finally get to the top. After the roller coaster crests—you just fall. Some people scream. Some people (this would be me) let their mouth hang wide open in pure disbelief. Some want to get off that terrible fucking ride—they just want it all to end. In the case of Goodnight Mommy, at moment the slow-creeping plot reaches its peak, several people jumped up from their seats and exited the theater, unable to endure the ride that Austrian writer-director team Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala had put them on. There are also excellent twists, so I don’t want to tell you any more than you can glean from watching the trailer. I’ll just say that Goodnight Mommy is a movie about a pair of twin boys and their surgically-altered mother and ends with a tragedy that would make dusty old William Shakespeare himself roll in (or rise from) his grave. This said, it’s not a ride for the faint of heart—especially those who are parents or “mommies” themselves (99 min.).
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Director: Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala
Producer: Ulrich Seidl
Cast: Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz, Hans Escher, Elfriede Schatz, Karl Purker, Georg Deliovsky, Christian Steindl, Christian Schatz and Erwin Schmalzbauer

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