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.
Stars: Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane
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This is the sort of film that keeps an audience nervously tittering and jumping, stuffed with gotcha moments and don't-open-that-door dares, yet it manages to do so by relying on imagination and imagery instead of blunt gore.
The film serves up a splendidly crafted ghost story that delivers chills, beautifully creepy visual effects, and even some true emotional drama. Muschietti doesn't give us a conventional ghost. Mama can be playful and protective but also cruel and terrifying.
Beautifully envisioned, badly constructed, the only truly terrifying things in the new horror movie "Mama" are the fake tattoos, short black hair and black T-shirts meant to turn "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jessica Chastain into a guitar-shredding, punk rocker chick.
As in most modern horror films, too many of Mama’s scares come with a fortissimo orchestral “Boo!” to make you jump. But others owe their power to Muschietti’s fluid staging and knack for putting Mama in the part of the frame where you least expect her.