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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?


Mama is played by a man, Javier Botet, who has Marfan syndrome, which gives him a slender body and long fingers. See more »


When Annabel hears the girls playing, she goes into their room to tell them how late it is and to go to sleep - but it's light outside. There are about 3 other times when it's supposedly nighttime and the light is streaming in through the windows. See more »


Ron: [Finding the girls] Burnsie! Can we call them now!
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.75 (2013) See more »


The After Dinner Payback
Performed by 'From Autumn To Ashes'
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User Reviews

Mama delivers the terror while building a exceptional story for a horror film.
19 January 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"MAMA", a film executively produced by Del Toro follows the story of two little girls that are found in the wilderness for five years. They are then adopted by their Uncle Luke (Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain)and right off the bat, strange things start happening. While trapped in the woods, Victoria (Megan Charpentier)and Lily (Isabelle Nelisse) formed a guardian to protect and care for them, who they call Mama.

This is an excellent movie. Be warned that it does remain dependant on jump scares to scare you, but they are what I like to call "true jump scares". Not a cat bursting out of a corner, or a shoe falling from the sky. "Mama" utilizes CGI by creating dark, disturbing images along with a tense orchestral sound track to scare your pants off. The acting was also superb, particularly Jessica Chastain and Megan Charpentier. Isabelle was solid also, but I had a feeling that before every take, she was told what to do, but Megan was old enough to understand the script and story. Something that really impressed me was how the story unfolded, and how beautifully the mother daughter relationship was portrayed. The cinematography was also one of the most beautiful jobs I've ever seen on a horror film. Camera work was steady and the dolly shots were smooth and suspenseful. Overall, Mama was a terrifying horror movie with a beautiful story and wonderful camera work. I hope this movie is recognized as a classic for years to come. This movie also proves that PG-13 horror movies can be scary after all. 9/10.

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