Happy Mother’s Day?
Andres Muschietti‘s MAMA (2013) shouldn’t be confused with the TV series (series run 1949 – 1957 starring Dick Van Patten) because this isn’t anything like a made for TV movie. Del Toro presents another supernatural thriller that tells the tale of two little girls, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse), who were abandoned in the woods when their parents were killed. For 5 years the two were lost until their Uncle Lucas (Game of Thrones’ incestuous sibling Jamie Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain) found them–in a derelict cabin, deep in the woods. It’s a wonder just how the two survived for so long alone in the woods–or were they alone?
As the two girls begin a normal life, strange things start to happen. It seems that the children are experiencing a form of traumatic stress–or is someone coming to visit them? There are a lot of questions that need answering, and we certainly won’t get the answers solely by guessing.
Muschietti revisits his 2008 short film Mamá, where two little girls, Victoria (Berta Ros), who was waken up by her sister Lili (Victoria Harris) so they could get out of the house because something, or somebody unpleasant had come back. But before you check out the trailer below–turn down the lights, turn up the sound. Better yet, turn up the sound and put on headphones.
Ready? OK, now press play.
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It isn’t any surprise that Guillermo del Toro has a hand in this film–he has a knack for producing really good and creepy films in a provocative method of storytelling along with masterful visuals and special effects. Not only that, nearly all of his horrors feature small children in one deadly circumstance or another (The Orphanage, Pans Labyrinth).
Horror films made with kids in it is always the scariest because it brings you back to a time when we were all kids–those many long and dark nights were consumed with worrying about who or what were in the closets or under the beds. Or what was that tapping on the outside of the window?
See what I mean?
In theaters January 2013
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