Parents should go to any length to protect their children. It’s not just love. It’s a biological imperative. But sometimes emotions are no match for biology, and these emotions get horribly twisted. There are some parents who kill their children and believe that this is protection. These parents find some sick, awful salvation in death. Mama hints at going to this dark, disturbing place, but ends up playing it safe. The movie dances around what it means to protect and neglect a child, and the film deserves credit for attempting to stretch beyond, “It’s good to love and nurture innocent kids.” Unfortunately, the film is bogged down in poor pacing and pushing a crummy monster rather than letting the strong performances and cinematography convey an unsettling subtext.
While I’d recommend going into Andrés Muschietti’s Mama as unspoiled as possible to get the most out of the film’s great scares, this new featurette does give viewers a better sense of what the picture is all about. Featuring commentary from executive producer Guillermo del Toro and stars Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the video gives a bit of insight into the nature of the two sisters (played by Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse), some real-world inspiration for the film and some info on the title character. Unfortunately, it also spoils a few of the picture’s best jump moments and gives away, in my opinion, too much of the monstrously-designed title character. Steer clear if you’re already locked in for Mama when it debuts on January 18th; hit the jump to check it out if you still need convincing.
Here’s a look at some new images from the following projects:
- From executive producer Guillermo del Toro comes Andres Muschietti’s directorial debut, Mama, a horror film starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse.
- The first official image from Dennis Dugan’s Grown Ups 2 features Salma Hayek’s boobs…oh, and Kevin James, Chris Rock, Maria Bello, David Spade and Adam Sandler.
- The first official image of Halley Berry from The Call, Brad Anderson’s thriller that was previously known as The Hive. The picture also stars Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut and Michael Imperioli.
Hit the jump to check out all the new images.
Universal Pictures has released four new clips from Andrés Muschietti‘s horror film, Mama. Produced by Guillermo Del Toro, the film stars Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a couple who takes in two abandoned sisters discovered five years after the mysterious death of their parents. The couple gets more than they bargained for when it turns out a supernatural presence follows the girls into their new home.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. The film also stars Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse. Mama opens January 18th.