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Mama (I) (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Horror  |  18 January 2013 (USA)
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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?


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilly (as Isabelle Nelisse)
Daniel Kash ...
Jean Podolski / Mama (Voice)
David Fox ...
Dominic Cuzzocrea ...
Christopher Marren ...
Cop (as Chris Marren)
Diane Gordon ...
Young Cop


The senior partner of an investment brokerage, Jeffrey Desange, has a breakdown due to a financial collapse and kills several co-workers and his estranged wife. He then kidnaps his two young daughters, Victoria 3 and Lilly just 1. He drives his car recklessly through a winding snow covered road. He loses control of his car and drives off an embankment. He finds an abandoned and isolated cabin where he plans to kill his daughters, but the children are saved by a dark ghostly image. After five years of searching and depleting his savings, Jeffrey's twin brother, Lucas, finds the children that were raised without social interaction and claim that they have been raised by 'Mama'. Lucas disputes the custody with the children's Great Aunt but Dr. Dreyfuss, who is working with the girls, helps Lucas get custody of the girls so that he can still have access to them. Lucas, his girlfriend Annabel, Victoria and Lilly move into a house provided be the institute that Dr. Dreyfuss works for. Lucas... Written by Stephanie Carter

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A mother's love is forever.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mamá  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,402,310 (USA) (18 January 2013)


$71,588,220 (USA) (29 March 2013)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Doug Jones portrayed the title character in del Toro's film Pan's Labyrinth (2006), and the Thin Infected Man creature in Quarantine (2008), the same character Javier Botet originally plays in [Rec] (2007) and its sequels, as the Medeiros Girl creature. See more »


In the introduction, when the the car is driving on the icy road, the girls are not in the back seat. See more »


Louise: A ghost is an emotion bent out of shape, condemned to repeat itself, time and time again until it rights the wrong that was done.
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References Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) See more »


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User Reviews

Mama has flaws, but great concept
19 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really liked this movie and the concept for it was original. I think this film makes the viewer think about what the characteristics are of being a mother. What sort of instincts we as woman can display and what kind of connections can be made with a child, even if you're a terrifying ghost.

Del Toro will always put his name on a good thriller surrounding small children. This movie had all the thrills of a scary movie and the elements fright used in the film had everyone in my theater on the edge of the seat. The movie waist no time getting into the meat of the story.

There are flaws in the film and it does have to do with plot holes. The director could have worked these holes out with other writers......like Del Toro perhaps. The back story had the hugest gap of all.

Regardless, it was better than 'Don't be Afraid of the Dark', and I will be seeing this film again.

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