Goodnight Mommy is a genuinely unnerving, suspenseful, original horror/thriller that I highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of either genre. The story follows two twin boys Lukas and Elias (Lukas and Elias Schwarz), whose mother (Susanne Wuest) has just returned home from having facial reconstruction surgery. The boys start to wonder if this woman is their actual mother, and as the film goes along, more disturbing facts are uncovered.
The story is highly original and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It frequently took me by surprise, and raised goosebumps on my flesh. Seeing the lives of this family unfold over a short period of time is both captivating and disturbing.
The acting is fantastic, especially the two young boys. Children in film can be iffy, but these boys were naturals and I was invested in their well-being and captivated by their journey. Susanne Wuest was also great as their maybe-mother, bringing a chilly attitude to the film and making you question her motives and actions.
This film also has incredible editing and beautiful cinematography. I was constantly in awe of what I was seeing on screen, and some scenes had me squirming (in the best way possible). Some may find this film too slow or strange for their tastes, but for horror/thriller fans, Goodnight Mommy is a wonderful, suspenseful treat.
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