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The dread-inducing “Goodnight Mommy” may have been underseen in America, but this critically-acclaimed chiller is well worth a look.

On this episode of The Final Girl on 6th Ave, host Carolyn Smith-Hilmmer takes a deep dive into the unnerving psychological horror film Goodnight Mommy, written and directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (The Lodge). The film follows the complex relationship between twin boys and their newly-returned-from-the-hospital mother in a large isolated house. The boys begin to question the woman’s identity, believing that she isn’t the same person as the one who went to surgery, and therefore wondering if she is their real mother. An American remake of the film starring Naomi Watts was released on Amazon Prime Video on September 16, 2022, but we’re going to be exploring the superior original from Austria. – Stephanie (Editor-in-Chief)


This week, I am exploring the world of Austrian film! Settle in and let’s discuss a gut-wrenching, disturbing movie about grief and motherhood.


The Final Girl on 6th Ave is a weekly show where host, Carolyn Smith-Hillmer, dissects an arthouse/elevated horror film. Each episode includes a detailed play-by-play of the film itself and a subsequent deep dive into the thematic elements and symbolism. Because elevated horror is sometimes viewed within the horror community as pretentious, Carolyn makes sure to use her down-to-earth tone and unique perspective to make these films less intimidating for the casual horror viewer and less ostentatious for the genre lover.

Listen to more episodes on the show’s website here

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