Mama is the
feature film debut for director Andres
Muschietti who has big name director and horror fan Guilmero Del Torro
Labyrinth) as his executive producer on the project. The films story
two young girls (Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse) who are left
in the forest after their fathers post financial crisis psychotic
2008. Five years later, the girls are found in the cabin by passing
returned to the custody of their Uncle (Nikolaj Coster) and his
(Jessica Chastain). It is not long before the audience finds out that
did not come back from the woods alone.
Mama was shot
for a very modest budget of $15
million. With a low budget film still achieving the number #1 opening
slot and a domestic gross of nearly $80 million, you can almost
will be more films of this type on the way.
While it can be great to see a good story have continual
Mama’s case it would be better if
this stayed as a singular title. The film is ended neatly but perhaps
way people may think. Throughout the film Mama
actually has some things to separate it from other horror
films of the
genre. General lack of gore and more of a directorial push towards
a refreshing change from the feeble-minded slasher remakes that are
through the cinema of late. The special
effects are second to the story and the cinematography is dark and
fantastic in widescreen.
Mama is not
totally devoid of clichés and hiccups though either. Chastain is
unbelievable as a punk rocking base player. Editing at times is a
the top. Upon returning from the forest to civilization, the girls are
to move like quick feral creatures. As much as this can be effective,
also distract from the type of realism that this film tries to achieve.
sequences and a slightly crammed second half add to some viewer
These are minor grievances for a film that is still directed with
intention and above average horror filmmaking flare.
of Del Torro
will see why he is backing this film and will get something out of it.
Defiantly standing above other films of this genre we have seen
horror fans should also get along to the cinema to check it out. Mama would have benefited from more
genuine scares and less editing to try and trick us into being
is on display though is at times chilling and very well made for a
debut. Not afraid to be different in its approach, the film also ticks
boxes horror fans are ready to scrutinize films for. Those that like a
fright with their popcorn should get along to watch it before Hollywood
does a Mama/Saw crossover film starring Tara
Reid and Martin Lawrence.