Mama | Chicago Reader


Rated PG-13 100 minutes 2013

Two young girls, left alone in a secluded cabin for five years, are rescued and adopted by their uncle (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his punky girlfriend (Jessica Chastain), but the ghostly entity that protected them all those years isn't quite ready to let them go. Guillermo del Toro served as executive producer for this moody Spanish-Canadian chiller, and it benefits greatly from his touch; a modern day Val Lewton, del Toro has a knack for rooting horror stories in folk-tale mythos. This debut feature by Andres Muschietti uses Lewton's The Curse of the Cat People as its template, probing the dark recesses of a child's imagination and considering the role of maternal figures in fairy tales. Screenplay contrivances aside, it's as stylish and atmospheric as modern horror gets.

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Director: Andy Muschietti

Producer: J. Miles Dale, Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle NĂ©lisse, Daniel Kash, Javier Botet, Jane Moffat, Morgan McGarry, David Fox, Domenic Cuzzocrea, Chris Marren, Ray Kahnert, Diane Gordon, Matthew Edison and Maya Dawe



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