Goodnight Mommy (2014)

What are the two little boys up to? And what is wrong with Mommy? It seems nothing is what it seems but I cannot work out why.

Sounds corny? Sounds trashy? Sounds like you’ve seen it all before? Think again!

Goodnight Mommy is a beautifully shot, mysterious story which grows ever darker as the narrative twists and turns like a venomous snake slithering along an upstairs corridor looking for answers in the dark. If you are a fan of thrillers/horrors but do not mind a slow build up with no jump scares or splatter fests, then Goodnight Mommy will provide you with a tense, rewarding experience with a few very nice surprises along the way.

Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends you do not ruin the impact the directors meticulously planned for viewers by watching trailers or reading spoilers. But for those of you who cannot resist…

You can find more information on this Austrian film on WikipediaIMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.

Production Details

Title: Ich seh, Ich seh aka Goodnight Mommy

Director: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

Year/Country: 2014, Austria

Stars: Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz (click here for full cast)

Screenplay: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

Cinematography: Martin Gschlacht

Editing: Michael Palm

Score: Olga Neuwirth

Language: German


  1. Sounds great, and I haven’t watched the trailer!
    I wonder why they changed the title from ‘I see, I see’ though?
    Cheers mate, Pete.

    1. Ha, Pete! I gave up long ago trying to work out how marketers choose their ridiculous titles for foreign movies!

      It works the other way round too – not only for translations into English. The worst example I’ve come across is when I went to see Cinderella Man (2005) in Germany. All I knew going into the film was that it is a story about a washed-up boxer. Then I see the German poster:

    1. Hey, sorry, Ricardo, I had to edit your comment to take away the massive spoiler. I hope you understand. But, yes, I do agree with you!!

  2. I have wanted to see this for a while but for some reason it never got a UK release – but it is on Amazon prime so I’ll finally get to see it after all! 😀

          1. I am quite interested in posters and graphics (I was really into street photography before) and now post once in a while some beautiful alternative posyers for sci-fi movies, so I guess sooner or later a book like that will be a must.

  3. Oh wow , I feel happy and strangely proud you wrote about a movie from my home country! What I love about Ich seh, ich seh is how unusual it is for the horror genre!
    What I don’t understand is why they changed the clever title in the English language, ‘I see, I see’ would’ve worked fine by me.

    1. What a brilliant introduction to yourself on your About page, Ben!

      I also don’t understand the choice of English title. They made it sound like a cheap film and I’m sure many are put off by it.

      1. Thank you! Wasn’t even sure if anyone’s reading the About page haha

        Yeah, I think so too… Goodnight Mommy sounds like another Hollywood shit horror movie when there’s actually so much more to it.

  4. I saw this movie last year with subtitles. Sadly, I nailed the plot twist in the first 20 mins.

    If you have grown up watching horror movies, you’d get it, too.

    1. Hi Amitesh! I do my best not to second-guess the direction a story is moving and just let the individual moments settle on me. I find the experience more fulfilling that way.

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