New ‘Mama’ Trailer Offers Plenty of Scares

Published 3 years ago by , Updated January 14th, 2013 at 7:15 pm,

Everywhere you turn these days, you run into a project connected to Guillermo del Toro. From his much talked about decision to direct – and then not directThe Hobbit to his mystery-laden monster mash Pacific Rim, the man is known for being one of the busiest people in the business, and to a certain fanbase, he’s renowned for consistently delivering visually stunning, imaginative films like Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy films.

His latest production, Mama, looks to be no exception.

The film – written and directed by Andres Muschietti – centers on Lucas (Game of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Annabel (Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain), who adopt his young nieces. Having basically lived alone in the woods since birth, the girls are slow to adjust to life in their new home, and making matters worse, they claim that their mother’s spirit refuses to let them go. Strange things begin to happen, and before long, Annabel begins to suspect that something otherworldly is indeed at play.

We’ve already seen the eerie first trailer for the film, and now thanks to Slash Film, we have a closer look at what to expect from Mama. The premise seems familiar enough, as many horror films (including the recently released Sinister) have toyed with variations of the “haunted child” horror cliché. However, rather than become crippled by the weight that such an overused story conceit can bring to a cinematic experience, Mama – judging by the trailer, at least – appears to rise above it.

mama New Mama Trailer Offers Plenty of Scares

The film seems rife with suspense and dramatic tension, buoyed by what looks to be a strong lead performance by up-and-comer Chastain. With Neil Cross of TV’s Luther having assisted with the script, that atmosphere should lend itself to just the type of taut thrills the horror audience expects. It also doesn’t hurt that previous del Toro productions like The Orphanage and The Devil’s Backbone (which he also directed) have featured ghost stories involving young children in peril.

Of course, it’s too early to ascertain if Mama will deliver on the promise its trailer exhibits, but as of now, all signs point to a positive experience for moviegoers seeking a few solid scares.

Mama opens in theaters on January 18th, 2013.

Source: Slash Film

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  1. Damm that was pretty scary lol

  2. They showed a lot in that trailer

  3. Haunted house / spooky kids, seen it all before

    • So? We’ve seen EVERYTHING before. It isn’t about the subject matter- there are only so many types of people to haunt- it’s about the story and fright factor.

      • Yeah I agree, story – spooky kids found in haunted house get rehoused and placed in another house that becomes haunted by spooky kids, fright factor – someone gets dragged under a bed, into a shadow, loud music, crazy bangs, weird demons that look like they belong in a Hellboy movie, twist – its all in their heads, it’s all in our heads, my point is there is nothing original, the moment they come up with the story and setting there are only so many scares they will get out of it, scares that have been done a million times before

  4. gimme some of that voodoo s*** with respectable black actors for a decent horror movies. why is it always white people

    • Leprechaun in the Hood had some good black actors in it, Candyman was also black, Ghostface in scream is dressed in black and Psycho was filmed in black and white, sorted lol

      • Nice.

  5. I wish they’d throw something NEW at us! All these stupid “horror” movies are done in the exact same style. Did anyone see VHS? That was innovative.

    This looks like a bunch of socially disconnected yuppies got together to talk urban legends.

  6. I liked ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ because it never told you if both worlds were real, but the ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ movie had the fantasy world encroach in a horrible way that killed all the intrigue of the story. What I got from this trailer (except that it looks technically well made) is more of that. The kids say their parallel world is real like Carol Anne talking about the TV People in ‘Poltergeist’ before the ghosts appear and start tearing everything up. It’s just a new (“Mama”) origin for monster in a standard slasher movie if that’s the case, like the article says. Every movie doesn’t need the same formula, but after ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ generic horror would be a let down.

  7. Looks promising, but then again the trailers for Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark looked good also and we know how that turned out.

  8. Here’s a hint for watching horror movie trailers. Turn the volume OFF, discount any dramatic head turning, lights flashing and slow motion. Then, with the pittance that remains, see if it was really scary. Think of the images that this actually showed you. Aside from a horrific looking kid on top of a refrigerator, an ugly hand, and an ugly…something in a hallway, what else was there? Film might be good, might not. Don’t fall for the fake showmanship of trailers. Especially the ones with baritone narrators pretending the movie will change your life forever. Looks ok, but I’ll wait and see.

  9. Jessica Chastain is looking sexay! 😀

  10. Watch the short film for this in youtube. It’s really freaky

  11. Damn I need to see this.

  12. Omg can’t wait 2 c this movie it looks so good and all u little haters with it is another movie like this and that go hate on someone’s other movie and if u r going 2 set here and crap there movie go make your on movie o wat is that u can’t because u r 2 beze hating on some one 😉

  13. Just when I start to get excited about a new scary flick, all you skeptics have to ruin it for me. I’m afraid you’re going to turn out to be right about this one. It’s all been done before, just a different story line. Hopefully the story line in and of itself will be original enough to make the film worth seeing.

  14. Just watched MAMA… I have seen alot of creepy movies. This one is now #1 on my list for all time scary movies. You will not be let down.

  15. Mama movie: Ending should’ve been better.

  16. This film mama Is so scary