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Mama (2013)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 18 January 2013 (USA)
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A young couple take in their two nieces only to suspect that a supernatural spirit named Mama has latched itself to their family.

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Andy Muschietti

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Andy Muschietti (story), Barbara Muschietti (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Chastain ... Annabel
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Lucas / Jeffrey
Megan Charpentier ... Victoria
Isabelle Nélisse ... Lilly (as Isabelle Nelisse)
Daniel Kash ... Dr. Dreyfuss
Javier Botet ... Mama
Jane Moffat ... Jean Podolski / Mama (Voice)
Morgan McGarry ... Young Victoria
David Fox ... Burnsie
Dominic Cuzzocrea Dominic Cuzzocrea ... Ron
Christopher Marren Christopher Marren ... Cop (as Chris Marren)
Julia Chantrey ... Nina
Ray Kahnert ... Judge
Diane Gordon Diane Gordon ... Louise
Matthew Edison ... Young Cop
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Storyline

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 who 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 by the institute that Dr. Dreyfuss works for. Lucas ... Written by Stephanie Carter

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They've come home, but not alone. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Canada | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mamá See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,123,052, 20 January 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,628,180

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,428,180
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It would take four hours every day to get Javier Botet into his Mama make-up, and another two hours to remove it. See more »

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When Jessica takes Dr Dreyfuss' laptop from his office the name Vaio can be clearly seen on the top, but when she is looking at the laptop at home the name is not there. See more »

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Dr. Dreyfuss: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.
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This supernatural and chilling thriller is a good Spanish/Canadian co-production
22 December 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Supernatural horror plenty of weird phenomenon , creepy ghoul and eerie events . It deals with Annabel (Jessica Chastain) and Lucas (Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau) are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse) that were left alone in the forest for 5 years but how alone were they . The couple and children move into a new home , but they are not alone in the mansion . Little do they know that the house is haunted and a mother's love is forever . As Annabel and Lucas dealing with having to raise her two nieces who were recently recovered from a cabin in the woods where they'd raised themselves for years, and the maternal ghost (dubbed "Mama") who is still very possessive . Meanwhile , a psychiatrist, Dr. Dreyfuss (Daniel Kash) is investigating the strange events .

This is a thrilling movie that contains restless horror as when the ghastly and threatening being attacks . Spanish/Canadian horror film full of thrills , suspense , chills , intrigue and twists . It gives a terrifying and disturbingly view of a mother's love and adult fears in which posse an element of melancholy along with relentless horror . Tension , creepy atmosphere , genuine chills , suspense is continued and appear lurking and menacing into dining room , hallway and rooms . Great loads of screams , shocks and terror abound with the usual poltergeists phenomenon caused by the weird entity . It's recreated with magnificent make-up and high grade plethora special effects which are frightening and horrifying the spectator . Mama is played by a man , Javier Botet, who has Marfan syndrome that give him a slender body and long fingers . Mama's movement is not entirely CGI. Javier Botet can remove his joints as he wish ; the only CGI on Mama is her hair. Mama's appearance was inspired by painting by Modigliani, owned by the same director Andrés Muschietti .

Writers Andrés Muschietti , Barbara Muschietti and Neil Cross stated that when they wrote the film he had a list of horror movie clichés posted above him, so he could avoid using them ; they said the first one was to make sure the family moved into a new house once the haunting started . Eerie musical score by Fernando Velazquez who previously composed for successful terror films as ¨The orphanage¨ , ¨For the God of others¨ , ¨Devil¨ and ¨Julia's eyes¨ ; Fernando creates a spooky and frightening atmosphere . Dark as well atmospheric cinematography by Antonio Riestra . This Universal's surprise hit horror movie was well directed by Andres Muschietti , he formerly realized a three-minute short is what helped get his 2013 film made . For that reason what started off as a short, became a feature length movie and Guillermo Del Toro was the one who saw the potential in the movie . Andres Muschietti is circling a deal to come aboard the studio's reboot of its Mummy franchise . Mummy unleashed one-two Box Office punch and far exceeded the $22 million analysts had projected for the four days.


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