I recently watched two stunning European horror movies: Goodnight Mommy and When Animals Dream. Both have a genuinely subtle and creepy air about them. They are not examples of the rapidly edited scenes and tired scares of American films. Even though I found When Animals Dream increasingly conventional as the movie progressed and I was able to see the plot twist of Goodnight Mommy almost immediately, I still enjoyed the chilling atmosphere and character details. Both are nicely done. Fans of gore and cheap thrills will probably be disappointed, though. These are cerebral horror films.
Anthony Hains is a horror & speculative fiction writer.