Guillermo del Toro is set to start your new year off with a scare. As executive producer on the horror film Mama, del Toro recently recorded an introduction to the short film by the same name that inspired him to get involved with the feature-length production. The short was written and directed by Andres Muschietti, who will direct the feature and also wrote the script along with Barbara Muschietti and Neil Cross. If you like what you see in the following short, I hear you’ll love what the team has in store for the feature-length picture. Get a sample by watching the trailers for Mama here and here.
Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jessica Chastain, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse, Mama opens January 18th. Hit the jump to check out the short with del Toro’s introduction.
Here’s the short film Mama introduced by Guillermo del Toro:
Here’s the synopsis for Mama:
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.