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Mama

Mama
  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • Spain/Canada
  • 100 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andrés Muschietti
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier
  • UK release: 22 February 2013

Picked up under Guillermo del Toro’s production wing following an utterly terrifying short film but, as is often the case with adapted shorts, it struggles to extend beyond its original conceit. Two sisters who, under grisly circumstances, have been left to fend for themselves in the woods. After three years they are brought back into civilisation under the care of their uncle Lucas (Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Chastain). Little do these ill-equipped guardians know that the girls have another, supernatural carer – one who does not take kindly to being replaced.

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