Mama is a 2013 Spanish-Canadian horror film co-written and directed by Andres Muschietti, and starring Jessica Chastain. The film is produced by J. Miles Dale and Barbara Muschietti, with Guillermo del Toro serving as executive producer. It is based on Muschietti’s 2008 Spanish-language short film of the same name. Originally set for an October 2012 release, it was released in theaters on 18 January 2013.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Mama – Plot
Occurring at the onset of the 2008 financial crisis, a distraught man called Jeffrey kills his business partners and estranged wife before taking his children – 3-year old Victoria and 1-year old Lilly – away from home. Driving dangerously fast on a snow-covered road, the car slides off road and crashes into the woods. Surviving the crash, Jeffrey takes the children into an abandoned cabin, where he prepares a fire. Planning to kill his children and commit suicide, Jeffrey tells Victoria to look out the window and holds a gun to her head. Just as he is about to pull the trigger a shadowy figure pulls him away and out of the door, snapping his neck in the process. Victoria cannot see the figure as her glasses were in the possession of her deceased and now missing father. The girls survive by the fireside and are tossed a cherry by the mysterious figure in the night.
Five years later, a rescue party sponsored by Jeffrey’s brother Lucas stumbles upon the car and the abandoned house, finding the children alive but animal-like in behavior. They are rescued and put in a welfare clinic by the courts under psychiatric care of Dr. Gerald Dreyfuss. Dreyfuss agrees to support the custody claim of Lucas and his girlfriend Annabel against the girls’ maternal great-aunt Jean on condition of having continued access to the children in a house sponsored by the clinic for case studies. Dreyfuss is intrigued by the drawings the girls have made of a mysterious character they call “Mama,” whom they talk to and play with. During an intimate moment between Lucas and Annabel one night, Annabel is startled by the appearance of a shadowed figure in their bedroom doorway; while investigating, Lucas is attacked by Mama and falls off the staircase, losing consciousness and sliding into a comatose state. Annabel, a rock musician with no relation to the girls, finds herself left alone to care for them while the visits of Mama continue. Although she makes progress with Victoria, she finds Lilly hostile. Alarmed by nightmares and a warning about “Mama’s jealousy” by Victoria, she asks Dr. Dreyfuss to investigate.
Initially believing “Mama” to be a creation of Victoria’s mind, her story of Mama being an aggrieved mother separated from her child is corroborated by Dreyfuss’ research that brings to light the story of Edith, a mental asylum inmate in the 19th century. He recovers a box of her dead child’s remains, and has his first encounter with Mama while interviewing Victoria. During Dr. Dreyfuss’ studying of Edith, Annabel has a nightmare about Mama and her past; she had committed suicide by jumping off a cliff after stealing her baby from the nuns who had separated them but on her fall, her child was snagged on a branch and killed on impact while Mama fell into the water. Annabel realizes Mama has been searching for the child she never knew what happened to (since the baby was not in the water with her) and saw Victoria and Lilly as substitutes. Meanwhile, Lucas returns to consciousness after a disturbing vision of his dead brother Jeffrey telling him to go to the cabin in the woods. Annabel and the girls are visited by Jean, who, alarmed by some bruises on the girls, tries to get Annabel investigated for abusing them. Victoria’s growing closeness with Annabel makes her less willing to play with Mama, unlike Lilly, who still prefers Mama over Annabel.
Dr. Dreyfuss visits the cabin to research Mama’s presence, and upon trying to photograph her, is attacked and killed. Finding him missing, Annabel steals the case files of the girls from his office. She learns that Edith and Mama are the same person, while Lucas leaves the hospital to search for the cabin. Shortly after she makes a breakthrough with Lilly, Annabel and the girls are attacked by a jealous Mama, who subdues Annabel, possesses the body of Aunt Jean, who had broken into the house for evidence of abuse, and escapes with the girls. Upon regaining consciousness, Annabel takes the box bearing the remains of Mama’s child and heads for the woods, where she meets Lucas. The couple spot the children on a nearby cliff, where Mama (who killed Jean) is preparing to relive her suicide by taking Victoria and Lilly with her over the cliff. Annabel offers Mama the remains of her child, and the angry spirit undergoes a more peaceful transformation, appearing human again. But when Lilly calls out for her, Mama returns to her terrifying form and attacks, discarding the remains of her child. After a desperate struggle, Annabel has just enough strength to hold on to Victoria who decides to stay with her and Lucas, while Lilly cries that she and her sister should be with Mama. Mama encases herself and Lilly in a cocoon and jumps off the cliff, hitting the same branch she did in the 1800s. Upon impact, she and Lilly turn into a shower of moths. While hugging Annabel and Lucas, Victoria notices a blue and black moth land on her hand, which she believes to be Lilly.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Mama – Cast
Jessica Chastain as Annabel
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Lucas / Jeffrey
Megan Charpentier as Victoria
Morgan McGarry as Young Victoria
Isabelle Nélisse as Lilly
Maya Dawe as Young Lilly
Sierra Dawe as Young Lilly
Daniel Kash as Dr. Dreyfuss
Javier Botet as Mama
Jane Moffat as Jean Podolski
David Fox as Burnsie
Dominic Cuzzocrea as Ron
Julia Chantrey as Nina
Diane Gordon as Louise
Hannah Cheesman as Beautiful Mama / Skinny woman
Elva Mai Hoover as Dr. Dreyfuss’ Secretary
Pamela Susan Farrauto as Nun
Chrys Hobbs as Nun #2
Laura Guiteras, Melina Matthews, and Jane Moffat as The Voice of Mama
Movie2k Watch Movies – Mama – Production
The film began production in Pinewood Toronto Studios on 3 October 2011. Production ended on 18 December 2011. Parts of the film were also shot in Quebec City, Quebec. The film was initially scheduled for release in October 2012, but was later rescheduled for 18 January 2013.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Mama – Reception
Mama earned $28.1 million on its opening weekend, debuting at #1 and playing at 2,647 theaters. The film has received generally positive reviews from critics; it currently holds a 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 87 reviews. The site’s consensus states: “If you’re into old school scares over cheap gore, you’ll be able to get over Mama’s confusing script and contrived plot devices.”
Richard Roeper, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, enjoyed the film, giving it three stars out of four and saying, “Movies like Mama are thrill rides. We go to be scared and then laugh, scared and then laugh, scared and then shocked. Of course, there’s almost always a little plot left over for a sequel. It’s a ride I’d take again.” Owen Gleiberman, reviewing for Entertainment Weekly, gave the movie a B and said, “Mama lifts almost every one of its fear-factor visuals from earlier films: the rotting black passageways that spread like mold over the walls (very Ringu meets Repulsion); the crouched figures that skitter and pounce à la the infamous ‘spider’ outtake from the original Exorcist; the way that Mama, with her arms like smoky-shadowy bent tendrils, evokes both the monster from the Alien films and also, in a funny way, the crumpled-puppet gothic mischievousness of Tim Burton animation. Nothing in the movie is quite original, yet Muschietti, expanding his original short, knows how to stage a rip-off with frightening verve. It helps to have an actress on hand as soulful as Jessica Chastain…”
IGN editor Scott Corulla rated the film 7.3 out of 10 and wrote, “This is a fine first film for director Andres Muschietti and, despite some missteps and disappointments, very well could be a harbinger of interesting things to come for the helmer.” The Huffington Post wrote, “With Del Toro’s name up front, expect Mama to be the winter horror film of choice in 2013.” The Philadelphia Inquirer called the film an “effectively spooky ghost story,” adding, “Mama is full of arty tropes – sepia-toned flashbacks, flickering lights, menacing murmurings. The atmosphere is positively spectral. And it’s easy to see why del Toro is a champion: Like his Pan’s Labyrinth, there’s a fairy-tale aspect (the film even begins with the title card “Once upon a time…”), with children in jeopardy, a witchy monster, and edge-of-the-precipice confrontations.” DC Film Critic gave the film 3 stars, noting that “…there’s something artistically cheap about horror… But Mama transcends. It even offers successful moments of humor as it carries us to its exquisite ending. Indeed, nowhere more than with its ending, Mama is horror at horror’s most artistic.” Canyon News wrote, “The scares do indeed come a mile a minute and will unnerve even some of the toughest moviegoers.” The Houston Chronicle wrote, “Director Andres Muschietti is cinematically literate – in one example he borrows a flashbulb effect from Hitchcock’s Rear Window – and he has visual panache. Much of the movie is surprisingly beautiful.”
- 3 Year Old
- Aunt Jean
- Business Partners
- Distraught Man
- Executive Producer
- Film Of The Same Name
- Financial Crisis
- Horror Film
- J Miles
- Mama Mama
- Mysterious Character
- Mysterious Figure
- Psychiatric Care
- Shadowy Figure
- Short Film
- Spanish Language