SF2015: Goodnight Mommy

GOODNIGHT MOMMY – Thurs, Sept. 10 @ 7:30p

(Free Sneak Peek w/ Directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz in person!)

Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz’ taut, brutal film begins with twin brothers idyllically frolicking through the Austrian countryside. This marks the last time beauty is seen in the film that’s not tied to an unrelenting sense of creeping fear. The boys discover that their mother has returned home, after some horrific event that the audience isn’t privy to. But mommy seems different (being hidden behind a nightmarish mask of gauze and bandages isn’t doing any favors), and they begin to suspect that maybe this isn’t their mother at all.

Mommy gets under your skin like a malevolent, eerily patient little parasite, and squirms all over your body taking its sweet time as it fills you with dread. A treat for fans of extreme horror and art house cinema, and an exercise in resilience for everyone else – Goodnight Mommy is truly one of the most adroit manipulations of character and plot expectation in many years, which lends itself to being a truly terrifying experience.

Dir. Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz, 2014, DCP, 99 min.