Guillermo del Toro saw a scary, short film called "Mama" that he felt had such potential, he brought it upon himself to help bring it to the big screen. The short was directed and co-written by Andres Muschietti and his sister/producer/co-writer Barbara Muschietti. It focused on a ghostly figure known as Mama who terrorized two young girls because of her own unfinished business with her newborn child.
Del Toro was the executive producer on the full-length feature of the same name and you can unquestionably see his influence on the tone, look and feel of the film. After all, the man has more than proven that he knows how to captivate audiences with his monsters. Check out the full synopsis of the movie below as well as an intro from del Toro introducing the short that started it all.
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 parents were killed. 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.
Five years ago, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished from their suburban neighborhood without a trace. Since then, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), 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 alone? 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.
"Mama" scares AMC Theatres on January 18th 2013 and stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jessica Chastain, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélissem
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