Mama

Overview

A loving couple learn that their two adopted nieces have brought a dark secret into their home in this foreboding domestic thriller from executive producer Guillermo del Toro Pan's Labyrinth, and director Andy Muschietti. Victoria and Lilly were just little girls when their father murdered their mother. In the aftermath of that tragedy, both girls disappeared without a trace. Desperate, their Uncle Lucas Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and his girlfriend Annabel Jessica Chastain searched everywhere for the missing girls. ...
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Overview

A loving couple learn that their two adopted nieces have brought a dark secret into their home in this foreboding domestic thriller from executive producer Guillermo del Toro Pan's Labyrinth, and director Andy Muschietti. Victoria and Lilly were just little girls when their father murdered their mother. In the aftermath of that tragedy, both girls disappeared without a trace. Desperate, their Uncle Lucas Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and his girlfriend Annabel Jessica Chastain searched everywhere for the missing girls. Five years later, Victoria and Lilly are both found living in a derelict cabin deep in the woods. Incredibly, they've managed to survive on their own, though years of isolation have left them both in a feral state, and unable to communicate. Without hesitation, Lucas and Annabel welcome the two frightened girls into their home, and work hard to make them feel comfortable. But when a series of ominous events lead Lucas and Annabel to suspect that Victoria and Lilly share ties to an evil beyond human comprehension, the couple must discern whether the two young girls are merely dealing with the emotional aftershocks of a life-altering tragedy, or have attracted a force that could destroy their family all over again.
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Special Features

Deleted Scenes; Original Short with Introduction by Guillermo del Toro; The Birth of Mama; Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
By definition, mothers are the givers of life. As a result, it's especially disturbing when a mother takes the life of a child. An expansion of his own 2009 short film, director Andy Muschietti's feature debut Mama is occasionally short on logic, but sets an effectively spooky atmosphere as it takes the concept of a malevolent mother to terrifying supernatural extremes. A fine companion piece to such Guillermo del Toro-produced nightmares as The Orphanage and Don't be Afraid of the Dark, Mama may not display the nuanced storytelling or iconic imagery of a film written and directed by the man who gave us The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth, but it's certainly cut from the same cloth, and serves as a boldly grim debut for ambitious newcomer Muschietti. Victoria and Lilly were just little girls when their father went on a shooting rampage, murdered their mother, and took them to a secluded cabin deep in the woods. In the aftermath of that tragedy, the girls' Uncle Lucas Nikolaj Coster-Waldau searched everywhere for his missing nieces. Five years later, Victoria and Lilly are both found living in that very same cabin. Incredibly, they've managed to survive on their own, though years of isolation have left them both in a feral state, and largely unable to communicate. Relieved to find them alive, Lucas and his girlfriend Annabel Jessica Chastain welcome the two frightened girls into their home, and work hard to make them feel comfortable. But when a series of ominous events lead Lucas and Annabel to suspect that Victoria and Lilly share ties to an evil beyond human comprehension, the couple must discern whether the two young girls are merely dealing with the emotional aftershocks of a life-altering tragedy, or have attracted a force that could destroy their family all over again. As contemporary horror fans endure a depressing onslaught of sequels and remakes, it's no wonder that fanboys go weak in the knees at the mere mention of the name Guillermo del Toro. A true cinematic visionary, his films frequently deliver breathtaking wonder and deep-rooted terror in equal measure. For that reason alone, it's easy to see why moviegoers hold films that bear his mark to a higher standard than your typical spook show. Despite its intriguingly original storyline, Mama is, in many ways, very much that typical spook show: Character motivations are frequently unclear and shifting; the dialogue is occasionally stilted and laughable; performances -- even from critical darling Chastain -- seem to suffer from the director's lack of experience; and Muschietti's attempts to make his villain sympathetic generally fall flat due to both her reprehensible crimes, and terrifying appearance. Yet for nearly each of the perceived missteps Muschietti and co-screenwriter Barbara Muschietti the director's sister make in terms of storytelling, they consistently regain their footing with a series of ghastly -- and occasionally clever -- thrills that have a way of sticking with you. By refusing to offer either an explanation for the gruesome events that set the story into motion, or lay out any clear rules for facing Mama's tenebrous wrath, the Muschiettis succeed in sustaining an effective sense of unease from the first shot to the final shock. Supernatural horror films in particular are notorious for setting up rules that allow the audience an opportunity to gain a certain sense of footing as the story unfolds. By refusing us that, the screenwriters manage to peak our sense of dread early and often. Likewise, their uncompromising approach to the material, as well as the effectively creepy sound design and a willingness to mix jump scares with more fastidious frights, set Mama apart from the pack. Meanwhile, behind the camera, Andy Muschietti and cinematographer Antonio Riestra mount a handsome production featuring horrific visuals directly inspired by such contemporary Japanese horror classics as Ringu and The Grudge. Though the J-horror trend that swept American shores in the early 2000s had arguably run its course by the time Hideo Nakata himself directed The Ring Two in 2005, here, distanced from that dark wave, its tropes seem to take on the air of a long-forgotten nightmare that recurs when we least expect it; we may not be frightened by it as much as we were when it took us by surprise, but that sense of familiarity and impending horror still manage to strike an unsettling chord deep within us regardless. In that respect, much like the way a neglected child still looks up to the flawed parent who gives it their best, many horror fans will still love Mama, regardless of her shortcomings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2013
  • UPC: 025192166853
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,340

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Chastain Annabel
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Uncle Lucas, Lucas/Jeffrey
Megan Charpentier Victoria,
Isabelle Nelisse Lilly,
Daniel Kash Dr. Dreyfuss
Javier Botet Mama
Jane Moffat Jean Podolski
Morgan McGarry Young Victoria
David Fox Burnsie
Dominic Cuzzocrea Ron
Chris Marren Cop
Julia Chantrey Nina
Ray Kahnert Judge
Diane Gordon Louise
Matthew Edison Young Cop
Maya Dawe Young Lilly
Sierra Dawe Young Lilly
Nick Hall Annabel's Bandmate
Ron Proulx Annabel's Bandmate
Hannah Cheesman Beautiful Mama, Skinny Woman
Elva Mai Hoover Dr. Dreyfuss' Secretary
Pamela Susan Farrauto Nun
Chrys Hobbs Nun 2
Laura Guiteras Voice Only
Melina Matthews Voice Only
Technical Credits
Andy Muschietti Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Jeff Authors Asst. Director
David Carceles Production Manager
Michael Carella Camera Operator
Angelo Colavecchia Camera Operator
Michele Conroy Editor
Robin Cook Casting
Neil Cross Screenwriter
J. Miles Dale Producer
Miles Dale Producer
Peter Dydo Animator
Allan Fung Sound Editor
Cristina Lera Gracia Associate Producer
Guillermo del Toro Executive Producer
Gabriel Gutierrez Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Lajoie Animator
Elis Lam Art Director
Anastasia Masaro Production Designer
Barbara Muschietti Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Antonio Riestra Cinematographer
Luis M. Sequeira Costumes/Costume Designer
Fernando Velázquez Score Composer
Kyle Yoneda Special Effects Supervisor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mama
1. Scene 1 [4:57]
2. Scene 2 [6:48]
3. Scene 3 [5:46]
4. Scene 4 [3:17]
5. Scene 5 [5:17]
6. Scene 6 [5:53]
7. Scene 7 [4:50]
8. Scene 8 [3:19]
9. Scene 9 [4:30]
10. Scene 10 [2:51]
11. Scene 11 [4:50]
12. Scene 12 [:38]
13. Scene 13 [5:50]
14. Scene 14 [5:42]
15. Scene 15 [6:21]
16. Scene 16 [5:48]
17. Scene 17 [5:11]
18. Scene 18 [3:13]
19. Scene 19 [4:00]
20. Scene 20 [6:13]
21. Chapter 21 [4:36]
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Disc #1 -- Mama
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      Original Short With Introduction By Guillermo Del Toro
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      Deleted Scenes
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            Honey I'm Home
            Not Raised By Animals
            Doll Parts
            Conversations With The Wall
            Lilly In The Garden
            A Discovery In The Closet
      The Birth Of Mama
   Setup
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1
         Español 5.1
      DVS (Descriptive Video Service)
      Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti And Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti: On/Off
      Subtitles
         English SDH*
         Español
         Français
         Subtitles: Off
   Previews
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         The Unborn
         White Noise
         My Soul To Take
         Dream House
         The Strangers
         The Fourth Kind
         The Last House On The Left
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