The most defiant horror film from the past is returning in its worst state

The most defiant horror film from the past is returning in its worst state ...

It's possible to mislead people who care about films by comparing remakes to their original films, but it's also unavoidable for those who care about movies. While American audiences refuse to hear subtitles, and English-language remakes open the film to wider audiences, it's also true that a certain portion of the audience for any remake is made up of people who want to see what a film has gained or lost in a second translation to the screen.

Remakes lose something during the upgrade process, but horror films suffer more than most. There are exceptions, like Let the Right One In's competent American remake Let Me In. The reason that one works well only draws attention to other remakes' shortcomings. However, director Matt Reeves didnt want to pay tribute to The Batman and Cloverfield.

Sometimes, remakes go horribly wrong. On the other extreme end of the spectrum, there's a new poster child for how not to remake a film: Goodnight Mommy in the United States.

After a long, successful festival run across the globe, the original Austrian horror film Goodnight Mommy was released in 2015; it is more well-known for comedy and historical dramas. The film, like the remake, is enough to say that its kids are creepy enough and the ending is dark enough to shiver even the most arduous of horror enthusiasts.

The main issue looming when Goodnight Mommy's English remake was announced, and if the new film would succeed as hard and end as nihilistically as the original. The remake lacks the courage to even attempt the original in terms of terror and on-screen misery, but it does not really work as a film in its own right.

Naomi Watts will play the titular mother in the next film, which has already directed The Ring and Funny Games in English, but Watts may have seemed like a natural fit for the lead of yet another American remake of an international horror film. The remake's flaws aren't due to her lack of craft or effort, they're due to strict writing and directed work.

Elias and Lucas, twins who have just been dropped off at their mothers Connecticut farmhouse after her apparently father splits up. They are both surprised at first, but soon realize that she's making an effort to win them over. They soon learn to trust their mom, and they start to adjust to their new life.

Goodnight Mommy completely drops the ball in this moment, and it never picks it back up. Not only does the film show its card on the creep factor of Mother nearly an hour earlier than the original, but it establishes the fact that these boys will spend the entire film talking continuously, voiding any sense of danger or ambiguity throughout the film. For fans of the original, the loss of everything is devastating.

Elias and Lucas are simply normal kids, when they arent overly verbose. Twins are a major horror trope, capable of igniting the uncanny and provoking uneasy feelings in films without too much explanation. (Just look at Stanley Kubricks The Shining).

There are a slew of unsatisfactory or unreliable plot points throughout the film. Mother preens at a mirror while Elias spies on her, irritated outbursts from both Mother and the children that arent consistent with the characters or circumstances, and even a few cheap jump scares that lead nowhere. Oh, and the nearly bloodless conclusion, which is both poorly filmed and takes as a given that the Ice Bucket Challenge is an extreme

Goodnight Mommy, a 2014 horror film, has been ignored or reversed in this dreadful remake. Not all remakes are complete failures, but this one is. The new version isnt worth watching at the same price.

On September 16, Goodnight Mommy will be released on Prime Video.