It is not uncommon these days for foreign films to be remade by American filmmakers for English speaking audiences. The most recent of these will be the remake of Austrian film ‘Goodnight Mommy’. If you saw the original you know that the need for subtitles might not be the only aspect of the film that American audiences aren’t quite ready for. Written and directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz the 2014 version (German title translates to I See, I See) was absolutely brutal and bleak. It’s a stunning film, and one that many would argue doesn’t really need a remake at all.
Honestly it looks like it will do the source material very well! We have a new clip for you the day before it hits Prime Video. Watch the full trailer below.
When twin brothers (Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti) arrive at their mother’s (Naomi Watts) 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. She sets strange new house rules, smokes in her bathroom, and secretly rips up a drawing they gave her—things their loving mother would never do. As her behavior grows increasingly bizarre and erratic, a horrifying thought takes root in the boys’ minds: The sinking suspicion that the woman beneath the gauze, who’s making their food and sleeping in the next room, isn’t their mother at all.
Instances of an American remake surpassing its original, especially international horror remakes, are few and far between. Barring greater or equally-as-good remakes like Gore Verbinski’s ‘The Ring’ or Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria,’ most remakes call for a pinch of suspicion. What will Prime’s version bring to the table to really set its film apart from the OG? In an era where subtitles are not difficult to find, how will this mummy-mommy take the film’s already unique and chilling material and turn it into an even deeper and darker nightmare?
‘Goodnight Mommy’ will launch globally on Prime Video September 16th!