GOODNIGHT MOMMY (2022) Reviews of remake of the Austrian horror cult classic – now on Amazon Prime

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Goodnight Mommy is a 2022 American horror film and a remake of the Austrian cult classic of the same name from 2014.

Directed by Matt Sobel (Take Me to the River) from a screenplay by Kyle Warren, adapted from Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s screenplay for the 2014 original.

The Animal Kingdom-Playtime co-production stars Naomi Watts, Cameron Crovetti, Nicholas Crovetti, Peter Hermann and Jeremy Bobb.


Plot synopsis:
When twin brothers arrive at their mother’s country home to discover her face covered in bandages — the result, she explains, of recent cosmetic surgery — they immediately sense that something doesn’t add up. As her behaviour grows increasingly bizarre and erratic, a horrifying thought takes root in the boys’ minds: the sinking suspicion that the woman beneath the gauze isn’t their mother at all…


Reviews [may contain spoilers]:
“Sobel’s remake and the narrative might better obscure the truth, making those reveals hit harder. A few gruesome horror moments and a captivating performance by Watts also elevate this remake. Goodnight Mommy doesn’t achieve that same high key level of palpable dread as the 2014 version, but it makes for an effective introduction for those unfamiliar with the tale.” 3/5 Bloody Disgusting

“The psychologically thrilling part of this remake was adequate in that there was definitely a bit of mind-boggling scare tactics that kept your brain bracing for the next move; however, the only real saving grace was the superb acting demonstrated by Naomi Watts and twin brothers, Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti.” 3 out of 5, Irish Film Critic

“As in the original, the third act takes a turn, which puts things into the control of at least one of the boys, before arriving at a twist that this version uses to gloss over the potential horror of the situation just before it. As a remake, Goodnight Mommy seems to go out of its way to miss the point of its predecessor, and on its own, it’s a pretty ineffectual thriller.” Mark Reviews Movies

” …the overall approach to the subject matter feels tentative rather than committed, and the end result falls into the paradox that has claimed many a remake: It’s different enough that it misses what made the original work, but not so distinctive that there’s any reason to see it when the earlier film is still available.” Rue Morgue

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