Few movie theater experiences have been as eye-opening as when I got to see Goodnight Mommy at Fantastic Fest in September 2014. Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League took the stage and basically said, “I saw this movie at Toronto [TIFF] and it absolutely blew me away. I want to tell you everything about it, but I’m not going to tell you anything. I just want you to experience it the same way I did.” And with that, he left the stage, not even letting us know what the name of the movie was.
Goodnight Mommy is a German horror film with very little dialogue and a whole bunch of creepiness. To describe this movie does it and you a disservice; experiencing it as I did — based solely on the recommendation of someone you (presumably) trust — is the best way to go into this movie. It’s best to sit back and try to unpack all the psychological horrors this movie hurls your way.
Goodnight Mommy made its way into my nightmares a year ago, and is finally making its way into (select) theaters this weekend. If you like horror movies — or just want to feel supremely creeped out — I can’t recommend this movie highly enough. It’s worth your time.