Guillermo del Toro, the director behind the Hellboy movies and the award-winning drama Pan’s Labyrinth, has been on a “presenting” kick as of late, lending his name to a number of smaller horror films by several talented filmmakers. Del Toro’s latest production, the Andres Muschietti-helmed supernatural thriller Mama, appears to contain many of the same elements found in the other features bearing his name. Depending on how you feel about these previous efforts, that could be a good thing or a bad thing.
According to Indiewire, Mama tells the story of two little girls who are found living alone in the woods after their parents die. In order to provide the kids with a much better existence, they’re adopted by a good-looking suburban couple who seem to have the children’s best interests at heart. Since this is a horror movie, it doesn’t take too long for things to get incredibly spooky. It would seem that the kids are still concerned about their mama, who may or may not be lurking in the shadows.
Cinema Blend states that the film stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, and Jessica Chastain, the latter of whom appeared in the award-winning drama The Help alongside Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer. Mama is clearly a departure for the young actress, who also starred in such acclaimed motion pictures as The Tree of Life, The Debt, Take Shelter, and, most recently, Lawless.
Although the trailer for the Guillermo del Toro-produced Mama certainly looks spooky enough, the film’s January 18, 2013 release date isn’t designed to inspire confidence. As most movie geeks will tell you, rarely does anything worthwhile come out of the month. Studios generally tend to dump movies they’re unsure about during the first of the year, so here’s hoping Mama turns out to be a cinematic diamond in the rough.
Do you like horror movies? What do you think about the trailer for Mama?