Admit it, there are few things scarier in film than demented dolls or horrifying kids. And that's reason enough to even pay attention to the upcoming Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror flick, MAMA.
Directed by first-time feature helmer Andrés Muschietti (who directed the short film from which the movie is based), MAMA stars Hollywood It Girl Jessica Chastain, in an unusual role for her--as Annabel, the guardian of two possibly haunted girls who recently resurfaced after going missing in the woods for five years. She, along with her boyfriend Lucas (the girls' uncle, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), soon learn that they may be in over their heads with this long lost reunion.
More on the film after the jump:
Five years ago, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished from their suburban neighborhood without a trace. Since then, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.
As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all alone? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence. http://www.mamamovie.com
Neil Cross, most known for his work on TV's "Luther," penned the script.
Chastain, donning goth garb and dark hair in the film, may be a newbie scream queen. But, according to the production notes, she welcomed her new role with enthusiasm: “I’m a huge fan of horror films, and MAMA is terrifying and unlike anything I've ever done before. I love the way Annabel goes from being a reluctant guardian to the girls, to the place where she’d rather die than let harm happen to them.”
And Del Toro was more than thrilled to have Chastain on board: "Our biggest victory in MAMA was casting Jessica Chastain. She has the unique ability of showing great strength and great vulnerability at the same time, and the intangible gift of instantly making you care about her.”
If you haven't seen the trailer, here goes:
Universal Pictures has just released a batch of new images from the movie to pique your interest a little more (and possibly wet your pants). Check 'em out below:
MAMA hits theaters January 18th.