‘Mama’ Short Film with Intro by Guillermo del Toro – See What Inspired the Movie

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January is typically known as a menu of mainly bland horror offerings, but this year we have Guillermo del Toro to thank for bringing us the haunting ghost tale, Mama. Although he produced and did not direct Mama, fans of the visionary’s work will still certainly appreciate a del Toro horror film with some bold spice, which should whet their appetites for Pacific Rim‘s opening in July.

The premise – involving two sisters who are haunted by their deceased mother – may be pretty similar to many classic ghost stories, but after getting a look at the latest trailer for the film, we can honestly say there are some genuine scares. This week we got a look at the short film that inspired the feature length version of Mama with a introduction from del Toro.

Like the trailer, the short film is very brief, but packs plenty of scares and some truly creepy imagery, creating a terrifying one-shot scene that del Toro says is “One of the scariest little scenes I have ever seen.”

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Jessica Chastain in ‘Mama’

We only get a glimpse of the mother in the trailer, but in the short film, she is in full view and her look and her lightning-fast movements are quite jarring. Considering Andres Muschietti directed the feature-length version of his own short and with del Toro’s imprint clearly visible, we can expect the ghostly mama will be equally, or perhaps even more hauntingly terrifying on the big screen.

The film’s appeal is further bolstered by its adult leads -Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) – who have also helped the film land on our 10 Movies We’re Looking Forward To list for January.

So, it seems that we may have a January horror hit on our hands, but will it be a gratifying beginning to 2013 for the genre? Go see Mama for yourself when it hits theatres on January 18th.

Source: Universal Pictures


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  1. That just creeped me the …. out!!!

  2. Eh…not scary…but I can see how it would be for some. El Orfanato ( I know del Toro produced only) did creep me out a bit (the car crash scene and the scene in the basement), although El espinazo del diablo really didn’t do much to frighten me either. Maybe Mama will have that same creep out factor, maybe it won’t, but there is only one way to find out.

  3. If you think Sean`s story is cool,, 3 weeks ago my sisters girlfriend also actually earnt $7386 working twelve hour’s a week from their apartment and there classmate’s mom`s neighbour has done this for 9-months and got paid more than $7386 parttime from there laptop. use the advice on this link….. Bit40.ℂOℳ

  4. Come on, guys… the Japanese started this stuff. A copycat of Asian Horror style…

  5. What doesn’t Del Toro produce anymore? Oh yeah, a box office hit. :)

    • A movie that makes alot of money isn’t necessarily a great movie. Some recent examples:All the Transformers films. Avatar. Prometheus. I am sure there is many others that fit the description.

      • I agree with that statement but he sure gets alot of hype for directing only 3 movies in the last 5 years, two of which were Hellboy and none of which were both critical and box office successes. He lives off the hype from his fanboys it seems and personally, I think his movies are sometimes visually weird just to be visually weird…overhyped in my opinion. But hey, maybe America will love giant robots fighting Japanese giant monsters and it will be a great film and he’ll prove me wrong…hope it does actually.

      • Avatar? Really? I swear some people have not-so-popular opinions for the hell of it.

  6. THAT F**KING SCARED ME!!! I hope the whole movie is like this! It better be.

  7. Seriously? Guillermo del Torro is a BRILLIANT man, the best film he ever did was Pan’s Labyrinth. His style is weird but THAT’S what makes it amazing! I hate all that bull that is coming out, same S* and same F* crap. With Del Torro we have new styles emerging and great stories!! THis movie wasn’t directed by him so don’t compare it to his work as he did very little in it.

  8. wow, that was alot better creature design. the feature version really s*** the bed with the obscenely bad cgi. Less is more, and this corpse looks real, the feature looked like a bad, bad, bad nickelodian comedy. i hope they dont use the same creature desgin in the sequel. i hope del toro realised how bad the design was and go with a more realistic looking corpse like the short.

  9. Welcome to short films

  10. Well i personally found this movie disturbing. Not only these girls lost not only their mom but their dad. All they had was eachother. They had a chance at a real family and they gave this woman her child that she had been yearning for. But the movie ends with taking the little sister away and breaking these girls from all they know and had was eachother. In my opinion who does that for an ending. They have lost enough why would u allow them to lose eachother. I cried and it was very emotionally affective to me. I did not care for the ending. Who does that? ?