When christ-loving eight year old Gracie startles awake to a loud bang, she assumes it's just mom and stepdad at it again downstairs. But a blood-curdling scream suggests something more sinister, so Gracie grabs a flashlight and heads to the landing to investigate. She gazes in terror at the sight of her mother's body hacked into a grizzly pile of gore. Her stepfather locks eyes with her, ax in hand. Gracie flees to the sanctuary of her room. Rather than fight back physically, Gracie desperately calls upon Jesus to banish the evil from her house.
Filmmakers have long used sci-fi & horror to express complex taboo topics. Whether it’s Frankenstein looking for a “friend” or the cold war subtext of the Twilight Zone, metaphor and symbolism provide the most direct communication of theme. Goodnight, Gracie seeks not only to entertain with suspenseful moments and stimulating visuals, but to strike at thematic undertones that can only be explored through metaphors of horror.