You wouldn’t expect Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, co-writers and -directors of the Austrian horror film Goodnight Mommy, to be so damn chipper. Because they’d been doing a long day of press prior to this Friday’s U.S. release of their film, courtesy of RADiUS-TWC, sure. But also because Goodnight Mommy, in addition to being one of the most talked-about horror films of the year (and Austria’s entry for the 2016 Oscars), is also one of the most disturbing. To paraphrase a dear departed “Saturday Night Live” sketch, this movie has everything: Bugs, creepy twins, questionable demonic possession. I wasn’t quite sure, prior to interviewing the duo, what they’d be like, but if pressed I’d have guessed black-clad and dour over fun, engaging and quick to laugh about that time they accidentally crushed some skulls.
Let’s back up a bit.