10/6/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #6 – Goodnight Mommy.

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We’re six days into October so I feel like it’s time for a movie that makes you want to crawl into a hole, curl up and die. It’s time for Goodnight Mommy. This film is the definition of horror to me. It’s extremely unsettling. It’s unrelenting. It’s unnerving.It preys on some of our deepest fears and twists the blade. And to me, while at times it feels nihilistic, it’s also extremely exhilarating. I’ve had many discussions about this film with people, and it’s amazing how all across the board they are. Some LOVE it, some HATE it, and some both LOVE and HATE it at the same time (that’s me.) It’s like you’re watching something truly beautifully made, artistic at every turn, and yet the subject of what you’re watching is completely at odds with the visual aesthetics. That’s part of why I really like this film. It keeps you so off balance that you truly don’t know where it’s going to go. But then once you do… dear God, it rips out your soul and stomps on it repeatedly. This is one of those films where if you say too much it may ruin the experience, so I’ll keep the synopsis brief. It’s basically about two young twin boys that live with their mother, but after she has some facial surgery, they’re unsure if what’s underneath the bandages is still their mother, or something much worse. It’s a slow dread that builds, but when it changes directions a few times, it REALLY changes directions. That’s all I’ll say about that. It’s got some truly shocking moments that are not for the squeamish, but all the while set within an absolutely stunning package. This film is beautiful, and yet so ugly. You’ll understand when you see it. If you really want to be disturbed to your core, give it a view. I guarantee it’ll mess you up.

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