Watch History ~ Mama (2013)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jessica Chastain, Isabelle NĂ©lisse, Megan Charpentier


On the day that their parents die, sisters Lilly and Victoria vanish in the woods, prompting a frantic search by their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain). Five years later, miraculously, the girls are found alive in a decaying cabin, and Lucas and Annabel welcome them into their home. But as Annabel tries to reintroduce the children to a normal life, she finds that someone — or something — still wants to tuck them in at night.

Horridian’s Review:

A solid entry in the supernatural horror sub-genre. A film that tells a story of loss, undying maternal love, and the ends at which a parent will go to keep their children safe. A haunting yet unexpectedly heart-wrenching film. I appreciate the talent of Isabelle NĂ©lisse and Megan Charpentier who portray the little sisters. Convincing performances. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who I love in Game of Thrones, does a great job in his role as well; I look forward to seeing him in more films.

That being said the movie follows the standard format of most ghost stories, at times the plot is easy to predict. While the film’s atmosphere is dark and foreboding, and some scenes exhibit superb special effects, the film suffers from showing too much; Showcasing the entity and leaving little to the viewer’s imagination. While this is grounded heavily on my opinion, as well as my experienced horror movie watching past: I strongly believe “Less is more”. This film is no different in that regard.

Final Rating: 6/10

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