‘Mama’ Trailer & Poster: Witness the Horror of Motherhood

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 21st, 2014 at 9:52 pm,

Having a tagline like “Guillermo del Toro Presents” automatically gives a film a higher stature of visibility, and so it is with Mama, a new haunted house thriller starring up-and-coming actress Jessica Chastain (Lawless, The Help) and actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who is best known for his role as Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones.

The story revolves around Lucas (Coster Waldau) and Annabel (Chastain), a couple who inherit Lucas’ two young nieces Victoria and Lilly, after the girls are discovered in the woods, where they have been living a savage existence for five years. Annabel reluctantly tries to warm to these two young additions in her life – but the more the girls come to accept their new family, the more strange incidents start occurring around the house. The girls claim that the vengeful spirit of their mother wants to hold on to them forever – but is it just the psychosis of two traumatized children, or is something evil truly after them?

Mama marks the feature-film writing/directorial debut of Andres Muschietti, and is based on the 2008 short film of the same name that Muschietti wrote and directed. It’s a promising sign that writer Neil Cross helped with the script; if you’ve listened to our Screen Rant podcast, you may have heard us raving about Cross, who created and wrote the excellent BBC series Luther  - a crime procedural that is sometimes horror-movie scary in its own right. Cross’ presence gives us high hopes for Mama’s scare-factor.


Mama movie poster 2013 Mama Trailer & Poster: Witness the Horror of Motherhood

Chastain is likewise a sign of promise, as the Oscar-nominated actress has thus far chosen carefully and wisely as far as her film roles go. Besides the aforementioned Lawless and The Help, she’s headlined Terrence Malick’s opus The Tree of Life alongside Brad Pitt; starred opposite Man of Steel villain Michael Shannon in the acclaimed indy psychodrama Take Shelter; was a breakout presence in espionage drama The Debt; with another potential breakout role on the way this year with Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow’s military political thriller Zero Dark Thirty. We expect that at the very least, she’ll carry this movie well.

Add in the fact that Guillermo del Toro is backing this film as executive producer, and there is no reason to think that Mama won’t be able to deliver a solid wintertime horror movie creepfest – similar to how The Woman in Black did early this year.

Mama will be in theaters on January 18, 2013.

Source: Universal Pictures (via Apple)

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  1. This looks good. The girlfriend likes scary movies. We will probably see this.


  2. I’m totally going to watch this movie (:

  3. I can’t wait to see it I love scary movies

  4. I will see this film because of the talent of Jessica C. whose ability I admire.

  5. Sorry totally sick movie. Disgust me that these parents would let their children act in such a movie. It really shows how demented some people are to come up with movies like this. will not be watching this movie and neither will my kids. In fact will be yet another trashy video not allowed in my house.

    • @Char, I hope you don’t let your kids see this, I hardly think this is within there age group!!

    • saw this today was creepy all the way till the end the movie had the worst ending ever hollywood was seeing wat they could have on movies before they become R

  6. Char you need to shut yo hating ass up. Quit bitchen, it’s a movie, grow the f*** up. Movie was badass, so I suggest you stfu. Thanks. Peace.

  7. movie was creepy and worth watchinmg

  8. It’s great to get a truly creepy movie that isn’t rated R! It’s a typical Ghost Story…. but fun to watch nevertheless.

  9. What time does it start?!? cuz we r goin today

  10. looks really good and scary!!!!!!!!!!

  11. wooooooowwwwwwwwww i m scared

  12. wow/////// mamamamamamammamama

  13. huuuuuuuummmmmmmmm shivering

  14. WAaaaaAAaaaaaaaw

  15. i cant watch your movie because im scary in your movie … your picture is so scary but when in personal your so beautiful…:)

  16. I don’t know if it was Neil Cross’ influence, or if Andres Muschietti is just that good, but Mama excelled on *multiple* levels.
    It delivered not only for those solely interested in the scare factor, but, Muschietti developed the characters, from Annabelle, to Lilly, to Victoria, to Mama, herself, so completely, and from so many perspectives that you felt you knew, understood, and empathized with each one for their own reasons.
    I hope to see more projects from Muschietti.
    Mama is an absolute keeper.