For our Trailer Park series, we’re going to highlight effective genre movie trailers. While these clips are highlighted, this doesn’t necessarily speak to the quality of the film itself, only the effectiveness of the preview. Some films have excellent trailers but the film is terrible
like The Nightmare on Elm Street remake, while for others, the opposite can be true like the original Friday the 13th.
Today’s entry is for the effectively moody, 2014 GOODNIGHT MOMMY, from directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz. According to IMDB, the plot follows twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don’t recognize. I had a tough time with this entry. While the mentioned plot is clearly visible in the trailer, this is not really what the movie is about- nor would I spoil anything from the movie. While I can’t call the trailer entirely misleading, it still doesn’t show that the movie is ultimately about grief. I enjoyed the film but it doesn’t require repeated viewing. Once I figured out the “twist” about 20 minutes into the movie, it sort of killed the momentum for me. Regardless, I still love the trailer as it does a good job of evoking the film’s atmospheric feeling of childhood hopelessness.