With so many haunting and exorcism movies coming out this year, Mama had a tough competition, but still managed to come on top. This is an old school horror movie, with the eighties look and feel, but still with modern special effects and much more dramatic segments in between those encounters with the entity. Cinematography is beautiful and dreamy, reminiscent of the movie Silent Hill [2006] with that type eerie atmosphere. A true horror experience was the thought that passed through my mind as I saw the name Guillermo del Toro… When we look past all the visuals and things that are intentionally built into the story, we see a formulaic horror movie with the usual elements: two small, preferably creepy children: check, spooky-ass old house: check and finally an unknown entity lurking in the dark:… Exactly because of all the features and “tricks” used, this is not so apparent but in the background, bringing to the front all the good things.

Mama PosterJeffrey’s not having a good day, after his brokerage firm took heavy losses in the financial meltdown, Jeffrey has one of his own, killing two people in the office, his wife and kidnapping their two very young daughters. Totally lost and suicidal he drives the three of them aimlessly until they have an accident leaving them in the snowy forest. Soon they find an abandoned cabin (gee what a surprise) where Jeffrey decides to take his own life, as well as his daughters. But somehow that doesn’t happen… A couple of years later, a crew looking to find out what happened to three of them, find the abandoned cabin with two small, feral children. Jeffrey’s brother Lucas, who’s behind these search efforts volunteers to help take care of the girls. He doesn’t know that someone is already taking care of them.

Although Mama is a horror movie, a great horror movie to be honest, it also deals with some issues that you would find in some drama movies. Relationship between parent and a child, as well as relationship between siblings gives more depth to the story, not to mention the Mama-Children thing. Another one of the things that Mama offers is the sound of sheer terror, not so often used in today’s horror movies, because, for fucks sake, we don’t wanna frighten the viewers too much… Those shrieks and screams sound so devastating that the hairs on the back of your head will stand up, like they are coming straight from hell. And those dark, pulsating, infected wounds that appear around the house… Just watch the movie…

Director: Andrés Muschietti

Writer:  Andrés Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash, Jane Moffat

Fun Facts: As of 4 April 2013, it grossed $138,628,180 worldwide and is a commercial success.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2023587/

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