If these four clips for the upcoming supernatural drama “Mama” are any indication, it’s certainly not going the subtle route with its scares. Director Andy Muschietti, who is adapting the film from his own short story of the same name, seems to be utilizing every horror gimmick in the book, with forced “boo” scares (or as my nephews call them, “pop-ups”) accompanied by ridiculously loud music. You would think a horror movie about a vengeful ghost mom who wants her kids back wouldn’t need such things, but you’d be wrong.
Check out all four clips from “Mama” below. The film boasts Guillermo del Toro as a producer, if that type of thing matters to you.
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” stars Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, and Isabelle Nellsse.
Coming home January 18, 2013.
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