Movie: Mama (2013)

Mama (2013) poster“Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how alone were they?”

  • Release Date: 18 January 2013

Mama looks like the kind of thriller film that could be expected from who knows what director. I have come to expect more out of the director of Mama, as I have been very impressed with his work in the past. This trailer for the film Mama doesn’t appear to do this director justice. Mama just appears to be a regular run of the mill scary movie that would come out around Halloween. Ever since the Saw films, the caliber of scary movies truly needs to be in a whole other realm that what the trailer to Mama appears to be in. A scary film such as Mama really needs to let the film itself tell the story and not try to lay out a plot line in the trailer like this. It is really annoying when the sense of discovery is taken away from the watcher, or even worst, the plot line that is assumed in the trailer ends up to be nothing like the actually film and the tone of the trailer is completely wrong for what the film will actually end up as. I feel like the horror genre suffers from this more than most, but honestly it has become a much more widespread problem. The trailer for mama definitely has a storyline implied in it, as well as a certain tone for the film, and if the film doesn’t live up to that storyline or tone, that will just upset the movie-goers and really destroy the hopes for sequels.

Mama – After watching the trailer for the forthcoming horror movie “Mama,” I am looking forward to being scared out of my wits. Two girls are found living alone in the wild and adopted by a well-meaning couple. The girls have apparently lived by themselves for quite some time, and are having an extremely hard time adapting to living a normal life. As the couple copes with trying to raise the traumatized girls, they slowly uncover a dark secret. The girls speak about Mama, someone who took care of them. The new parents assume the girls are talking about an imaginary friend, or perhaps someone in their past, although the descriptions and images the girls provide of Mama are strange and disturbing. I started feeling creeped out just by watching the crude drawings the children made of their “friend.” Strange events start happening around the girls and those near then, and the terrifying truth about ‘Mama’ begins to emerge, as the girls’ caretakers slowly realize that Mama is neither imaginary nor human, but a malevolent and dangerous supernatural creature. Even worse, Mama is still visiting the children. The lives of the entire fledging family are soon swept away by a series of horrible and inexplicable events. Mama is believed to be a ghost, doomed to repeat its misdeeds over and over again. Will the children and their new parents survive Mama’s attention? The characters in the movie all seemed sympathetic and well-drawn, always a key component in a good horror movie. If I don’t care about the characters, I don’t care if bad things happen to them. My heart went out to the little girls and the kind couple who takes the chance to adopt them. When Mama comes out to play, I definitely feel fear for her victims’ plight. Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrynth, Hellboy) is well-known for his surreal and evocative films, and this one looks to be no exception. The trailer shows plenty of scary moments, and hints at even more horror lurking behind the tantalizing glimpses we get about Mama. I definitely want to find out what happens next.

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