Set to be one of the scariest horror films of 2013, Mama is based on a short film of the same name. The writer and director of the short film, Andres Muschietti , also writes and directs the feature length version of the film. Guillermo del Toro has helped by producing the film, and having his name attached will help Mama reach a much wider audience.
However, it was the short film which del Toro saw that scared him, and had him hooked into producing the feature length version. del Toro has now recorded an introduction video to the Mama short, and you can watch the introduction plus the full short below. Del Toro is a very passionate filmmaker, and that comes across in his brief comments about the short film, and then you will have to prepare yourselves for a truly chilling two and a half minutes of terror.
The short film is superbly put together, with excellent use of camera work and sounds, with some truly chilling music. The two girls are highly believable, and when things turns proper scary, it really works and will leave a lasting impression.
Directed by Andres Muschietti, executive producer by Guillermo del Toro and starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Daniel Kash, Mama will arrive in UK cinemas on 22nd February 2013.
Guillermo del Toro presents ‘Mama,’ a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.
The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas and his girlfriend, Annabel, have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.
As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all by themselves? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence.
(Follow me on Twitter)