FilmScene to screen Austrian horror hit ‘Goodnight Mommy’

Trust and comfort elude twin boys whose aren't sure of their mother's whereabouts -- video still via YouTube
Trust and comfort elude twin boys whose aren’t sure of their mother’s whereabouts — video still via YouTube

Goodnight Mommy

FilmScene — October 16, 23 and 30 at 11 p.m.

Goodnight Mommy is an Austrian film (Rated R, German with English subtitles) that tells the story of twin boys who doubt the woman recovering from plastic surgery in their home is, in fact, their mother. While their mother (or is she?) convalesces following radical facial reconstructive surgery, she is bandaged beyond recognition. That’s not the only thing that makes her unrecognizable, however. Her temperament is off-kilter, and her behavior becomes odd, to say the least. When the boys start to dig for the truth, the family starts to unravel chillingly.

Rotten Tomatoes lists the film at 80 percent “fresh” rating — a fairly high rating for a horror film, but not surprising in this case. There have been rumors of Goodnight Mommy audiences fainting from fright, while others whisper that Goodnight Mommy is an early contender for foreign language film categories at the Oscars.

Don’t believe the hype? Just try to make it through the trailer without getting the heebie-jeebies: