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Mama (2013)

Jessica Chastain , Nikolaj Coster-Waldau , Andy Muschietti  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (710 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nelisse, Daniel Kash
  • Directors: Andy Muschietti
  • Writers: Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, Neil Cross
  • Producers: J. Miles Dale, Barbara Muschietti, Guillermo del Toro
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (710 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AIBZLVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mama" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti
  • Original Short with Introduction by Guillermo del Toro
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti
  • The Birth of Mama

  • Editorial Reviews

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    When he's not making gargantuan movies about giant robots and/or comic book hell-beasts, Guillermo del Toro as a producer has fostered a movement toward dreamy, fairy-tale horror (The Orphanage, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark), where primally Grimm scenarios reach some unusually bittersweet resolutions. Mama, del Toro's 2013 production, continues this winning storybook streak, driven by a fiercely against-type performance by Jessica Chastain and an impressive number of uneasy frights. (How many times can a little girl ferally scuttling around the edges of the frame be scary? Quite a few, actually.) Beginning with a literal Once Upon a Time, director-cowriter Andrés Muschietti's film concerns a pair of young girls left stranded in a creepy cabin in the woods after a family tragedy. When they are miraculously found intact five years later, they credit their survival to a mysterious mother figure. As their reluctant new riot girl guardian (Chastain) soon discovers, this protective entity has a murderous case of separation anxiety. Muschietti's project (devised with his sister Barbara) had its genesis as a widely YouTubed three-minute short film, and the elongation seams do occasionally show, particularly in the third act, when characters begin appearing for the express purpose of being munched. Still, even if it doesn't all hang together, Mama has no shortage of champion scary moments, expertly designed for maximum freak-out. (An early scene involving a supernatural game of tug of war hits just the right mark between nervous laughter and serious goose bump territory.) After seeing what lurks under Chastain's bed, don't be surprised if you cultivate some serious dust bunnies of your own. --Andrew Wright

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    Guillermo del Toro, the Academy Award-nominated writer of Pan’s Labyrinth, presents this supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When the young sisters are found alive in a decrepit cabin, their uncle (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) and his girlfriend (Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty) take them in. As they try to introduce the children to a normal life, Annabel (Chastain) begins to wonder if the traumatized girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.

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    90 of 100 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray
    Good acting, a monster that I don't see too little, good effects (even if it is all just CGI) and a story I can swallow...we have a winner! This movie is nothing epic nor did it have the best scares I've seen in a while, but it's a horror movie that "works."

    First time feature director Andrés Muschietti (writer/director of the short film Mamá) does a solid job with atmosphere and "creepy." The story gets moving when two orphaned girls are discovered in an abandoned cabin in the woods after five years somehow surviving on their own (now they're about 9 and 7 years old-ish). Their eyes are cold and scared yet somehow predatory, their hair and skin far beyond wildly filthy, and their movement is so unnatural that it reminds me more of a Silent Hill monster than an animal. More disturbing was the degeneration of their oral skills with the exception of whispering "mama."

    Much to my surprise, the maternal poltergeist Mama was not a kept mystery. Mama, her appearance, what she's capable of and her relationship with the girls are all presented to us right away. So when the feral Victoria (Megan Charpentier; Resident Evil: Retribution, Red Riding Hood, Jennifer's Body) and Lilly are taken in by uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain), the movie doesn't rely on us wondering when Mama will pop up and reign terror on the new foster parents. Instead we watch the girls maintain a secret relationship with Mama while remaining emotionally distant from Lucas and Annabel.

    But once their child psychologist and the new parents catch on to Mama's presence, simply a psychological manifestation or even a home invader by their perception, Mama feels threatened.
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    72 of 80 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Nobody puts Mama in the corner! April 26, 2013
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    Before I purchased this movie, I read a number of critic reviews and found them to be extremely mixed. Many critics liked the film; many disliked it. All called it derivative.

    I can't say I agree. I really enjoyed this little creeper of a film! It may not be the best horror film in the whole wild world, but it certainly scared the crap out of me and my girlfriend. That's not bad for a PG-13 movie!

    The story goes that a father goes on a murderous rampage, then kills his estranged wife and naps his two daughters. He drives off at crazy speeds and spins off the road. Surviving the accident, he wanders with his daughters through a cold, isolated woods until he discovers a seemingly unused cabin.

    Flash forward five years. The kids' uncle has been looking for them all these years, and his investigators find them still living in the cabin; daddy is nowhere to be found. How the heck did those two little feral girls survive all that time on their own?

    Or WERE they on their own?

    This movie wasn't exactly subtle. It wasn't as if I couldn't foresee many of the plot twists, but it still scared the snot out of me. No tiny feat that! It reminds me of that other little horror gem Darkness Falls. Not a big movie. Not a perfect movie. But a damned good movie.

    I highly recommend this flawed but thrilling film!
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    25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A good balance May 20, 2013
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    I'm a unique horror movie watcher: I'm utterly terrified/disgusted by gore and gratuitous violence, but I don't mind a good dose of morbidity and twisted metal states. This movie was a perfect balance because it had the quick cuts and jumps to get you gasping, but there was no gore or useless chainsaws. The story was morbid but plausible (who doesn't love a 19th century insane asylum ghost?) and the added unsettling concept of two little girls being raised in the words for five years without human contact, and how twisted that simply makes them, ghost aside, was great.

    Good acting, great combination of jumping scares and a legitimately terrifying ghost in Mama; she was just my sort of horrifying: tattered shroud, distorted features, HAUNTED eyes, nightmarish voice. I'd suggest you watch this in a heartbeat. Definitely a nice surprise after a lot of mediocre horror flicks.
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    48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars "Mama, just killed a man" January 19, 2013
    Format:Blu-ray
    Mama is a good semi-creepy horror movie about two young children who spend five years alone in the woods and are later found and adopted by their uncle (the Kingslayer actor from Game of Thrones) and his wife (the always great Jessica Chastain in full goth mode, trading in her trademark red hair for black and sporting tattoos). Of course, something the children call "Mama" comes home with them and thus the horror begins. Maybe a little too much CGI used, but most of it looked okay. All in all, this is a well made ghost story that packs a few scares and has good acting throughout.
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    34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    You might be wondering what acclaimed actress Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty") is doing in a goofy-named horror flick. She's actually in good company with award winning stars like Nicole Kidman ("The Others") and Naomi Watts ("The Ring" 1 & 2) to name a couple. Here Chastain plays Annabel, a Suzi Quatro-like bassist in a punk rock band, complete with short dark hair and tatted up arms. She is the main squeeze of Lucas, a starving artist type played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, perhaps best known as the incestuous prince on "Game of Thrones."

    The story begins with the twin brother of Lucas going on a killing rampage that includes fellow workers and his wife. He takes his 2 young daughters out into the country with similar intent. Before he can commit the deed a mysterious apparition intervenes. Five years later Lucas is still trying to find out what happened to his brother and nieces.

    Ultimately found, the girls have somehow managed to survive but are little more than wild animals. Director Andres Muschietti manages to provide enough suspense to keep viewers on the edge on their seats using quick cuts and lighting. At the same time, he also resorts to the usual "gotcha" moments complete with a jolting sound effect.

    Annabel is the main focus in the story however as the girlfriend who reluctantly has to take over child care duties after Lucas is hospitalized thanks to an induced fall down a flight of stairs. Chastain is excellent in the role and proves her dramatic range. "Mama" is an above average horror film that relies on suspense rather than gore for chilling effects. For me the ghostly presence's transformation to a CGI manifestation in the final act was unnecessary and changes the tone of the film somewhat. Still this is a pretty scary ghost story and worth a look.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE!
    Loved this movie, can see it thousands time over and over!!! Great performances and excellent directors. Music is really beautiful!
    Published 4 days ago by Proud nana
    5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as expected!
    No scratches, dents,bangs or bruises. Product arrived in nearly new condition. Now the movie itself.....is disturbingly scary stuff....but that's on me for choosing it!! lol
    Published 7 days ago by Leanne Gooch
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Movie!
    A lot of movies have a few good parts (shown in a movie clip) and the rest of the movie is boring. This movie was good all the way through -and the surprise ending- I won't spoil... Read more
    Published 8 days ago by LaurenG
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mama
    It was well written, the actors were great, especially the girls who had to play those difficult roles. Annabelle played a good role too
    Published 8 days ago by terry calvert
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST Ghost Movies Ever Made--If Not THE Best
    Incredible scary movie that progresses from mysterious to creepy to horrifying. The ending is a heart-wrenching and novel one. Read more
    Published 12 days ago by Zalmorion the Fantastic
    5.0 out of 5 stars GET READY TO BE FRIGHTENED
    WATCHING THIS MOVIE KEPT ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT. I LOVE HORROR MOVIES & THIS ONE IS WONDERFUL. RECOMMENDED TO ALL ADULTS.
    Published 15 days ago by Carol J. Comport
    5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
    So creepy and so weird. But good. Really enjoyed this movie with a different kind of plot. A good one.
    Published 16 days ago by Suzanne Schumacher
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
    I really enjoy this film and am happy to have it in my collection at a great price and perfect shipping time
    Published 18 days ago by Lila Faye
    2.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly disappointing.
    While this movie has some pretty good jump-scares, and the creepy kid factor is there, the ending is so cheesy that it negates anything positive it may have been trying to deliver. Read more
    Published 19 days ago by Laura Murray
    5.0 out of 5 stars MaMa
    I received this movie fast and in great shape no problems at all. i was very nerveous watching this film.
    Published 20 days ago by patty deak
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